Lawyer says Vick Reaches Agreement to Plead Guilty

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - His lawyer says NFL quarterback Michael Vick is ready to enter a guilty plea in connection with a dogfighting case.

The attorney says Vick will plead guilty to federal dogfighting vconspiracy charges. It's a plea that could send him to prison, and jeopardize his football career.

The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. But federal sentencing guidelines would probably call for less.

All three of Vick's co-defendants had already reached plea deals.

In a statement issued in Richmond, Virginia, the lawyer says the Atlanta Falcons quarterback has agreed to "accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made." He says Vick "wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter."

Vick's plea hearing will be held on August 27th.

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