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Monday, November 19, 2007

It's a Jailhouse Thanksgiving for Vick

Well at least the dogs that live though this ordeal can give thanks.

In an apparent attempt to speed his return to football, Michael Vick began serving his prison sentence Monday on federal dogfighting charges, more than three weeks before he was scheduled to be sentenced.

The Atlanta Falcons star quarterback turned himself into United States marshals, according to Jim Rybicki, a spokesman for the United States attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Vick pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy stemming from a dogfighting kennel being run from a property he owned in Surry, Va. He was scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson on Dec. 10 in Richmond. But Vick’s lawyers have been focused on getting him back into football as soon as possible. According to the sentencing guidelines, Vick faces anywhere from a year to 18 months in prison. By beginning his time in jail, he will be credited with time served and the sooner he may be released and, presumably, the quicker he can return to football.

Speed his return to football? Is he hoping to get out in time for the playoffs? All I can say is they better not let this turkey back in the NFL!

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