U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced Michael Vick to 23 months in jail for his participation in a widely publicized dogfighting scandal, according to AP.
Vick, the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback, will not have the opportunity to appeal the sentence due to the plea bargain. Although he may spend nearly two years behind bars, term may be seen as lenient in comparison to the 5 year maximum that could have been handed down.
“You were instrumental in organizing and promoting this activity,” said Judge Hudson of Vick’s sentence. “I’m convinced it wasn’t a momentary lapse. You were at least a full partner. I’m not sure you’ve taken full responsibility for your role in this activity.”
Vick claimed ownership for his crimes and offered an apology.
“I’ve used poor judgment and made some bad decisions along the way,” said the 3-time Pro-Bowler and No. 1 draft pick. “I’m willing to deal with the consequences.”
This sentence stems from Vick’s guilty plea earlier this year to conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal-fighting venture.