If you're wondering why the Judge was so hard on Vick, it's because he's a lying sack of dog-doo. No, I'm not talking about when he initially blamed his cousins for all of this (what a guy!). After he agreed to the plea agreement, he continued to lie about his personal involvement in killing dogs. Here's the money quote from SI's George Dohrmann:
In Monday's hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Gill revealed that even after reaching his plea agreement, Vick "denied actually having hands-on involvement in the killing of dogs." He maintained that stance for weeks, claiming that co-conspirators Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace hung and drowned the dogs.
But then Vick was given a polygraph on Oct. 12, administered by the FBI, and he was evasive when asked about his role in the killings. Near the end of the examination, as he was pressed on the issue, Vick reportedly said, "If you want me to admit it, I did it all. I did everything." Finally, he explained his role: "I carried a dog over to Phillips, who tied a rope around its neck. I dropped the dog."
That's right. He dropped the dog. Then he probably stood there watching the dog struggling and gasping it's last breath. No wonder he kept lying about it. What a sadistic monster.