August 24, 2007
A plea agreement between former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and federal prosecutors were filed Friday releasing details of the agreement.
Vick filed the plea agreement Friday and agreed the enterprise included killing fighting dogs and gambling. He signed the agreement Thursday.
The summary states that Vick did not gamble by placing side bets on any of the fights and did not receive any of the proceeds of the purses that were won by Bad Newz Kennels.
The summary also states that Vick supplied most of the money for gambling and for running the Bad Newz Kennels operation but that when the kennel's dogs won, Vick's three co-defendants generally shared the gambling proceeds.
According to court documents, Vick was aware that his co-defendants killed a number of dogs that did not perform well in testing sessions.
Last April, Vick and two co-defendants tested the fighting skills of dogs and the three agreed to kill six to eight dogs that did not perform well. All were killed by various methods that included hanging and drowning.
Vick is scheduled to formally enter his plea Monday in U.S. District Court.