Vick's Co-Defendants to Testify Against Him

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

August 17, 2007

Setting a stage unfavorable for the Atlanta Falcons quarterback, two more of Michael Vick's co-defendants pleaded guilty to dog fighting conspiracy charges.

Just minutes after nine Friday morning, 35-year-old Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach and 28-year-old Quanis Phillips of Atlanta entered plea agreements in a Richmond courtroom.

Meanwhile, the man at the center of the investigation had until 9 am to reach a plea agreement with federal prosecutors or face even more charges. Vick's attorneys are reported to be working with prosecutors on a plea agreement that would only send the star quarterback to jail for one year for his alleged involvement in a Surrey County dog fighting ring.

If Vick continues to maintain his innocence, a superseding indictment, already in the works, would tack on racketeering to the dog fighting charges and they could come as early as next week.

Vick is set to go to trial November 26 and is facing up to five years in prison.


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