WTF do you guys even READ the titles before you make them HEADLINES?????
MIKE VICK ENTERS PRISON EARLY - CLAIMS HE VIOLATED HIS PAROLE
NOWHERE HAVE I READ THIS B.S. NOW WHAT I HAVE READ WAS (AND BELIEVE ME NOTHING WAS MENTIONED OF A PROBATION VIOALATION HE TURNED HIMSELF IN VOLUNTARILY:
Michael Vick surrenders to begin jail time before sentencing
By DAVE FORSTER, The Virginian-Pilot
© November 19, 2007 | Last updated 7:13 PM Nov. 19
Michael Vick voluntarily checked into jail Monday to begin serving his dogfighting sentence, three weeks before he knows how long he will be locked up.
Vick’s surprising and unusual decision will likely start the clock on whatever prison term he receives and allow him to dodge a public spectacle on Dec. 10 when he he appears in a federal courthouse in Richmond to be formally sentenced.
Previous court appearances by the Newport News native and former Atlanta Falcons quarterback have produced wide media coverage and crowds of supporters and protesters.
Because he is in custody, Vick will be transported to the courtroom by the U.S. Marshals Service, which will escort him through a private entrance for inmates.
Vick’s attorney, Billy Martin, released a statement Monday saying that “from the beginning, Mr. Vick has accepted responsibility for his actions, and his self-surrender further demonstrates that acceptance.”
Martin said Vick “wants to again apologize to everyone who has been hurt in this matter, and he thanks all the people who have offered him and his family prayers and support during this time.”
Vick was suspended indefinitely by the NFL before the season. His surrender Monday capped an eventful period of supervised release that began Aug. 27, when he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to run a dogfighting and gambling venture from 2001 to spring 2007 in Surry County.
On Sept. 13, Vick submitted a urine sample that tested positive for marijuana, an offense that earned him a curfew and an electronic monitoring device. Five days later he took an eight-hour animal empathy course with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Vick’s girlfriend gave birth to a daughter a few weeks ago, and last week he sold the Surry County property used for his dogfighting venture.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson accepted Vick’s request to surrender. He signed an order for the U.S. Marshal Service to take custody of him “based solely on his desire to begin his period of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing,” the court order said.
One local lawyer who’s been practicing for 35 years said he’s never heard of a defendant turning himself in early to begin a prison term that hadn’t yet been handed down.
“I’ve never heard of that,” said Hunter Sims, a Norfolk defense attorney and former federal prosecutor. “My clients all want to avoid that day as long as possible.”
John Hackman, chief deputy for the U.S. Marshal region, said he couldn’t recall the last time a defendant surrendered before sentencing, but he said it wasn’t incredibly unusual.
“Sometimes people do that for convenience,” Hackman said.
Vick surrendered to the U.S. Marshal Service in the federal courthouse in Richmond and was taken to the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, about 50 miles northeast of the capital, said the jail’s superintendent, Jeffery Frazier .
The jail currently has about 450 inmates, about 300 of which are in federal custody, Frazier said. He said he could not discuss the arrangements of Vick’s jail stay or whether the storied quarterback is being held in the general population.
Hackman said he did not know the full details of Vick incarceration at in relation to the other inmates, but he said some arrangements have been made.
“We do have certain special situations there,” he said.
Vick’s federal charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years, but the plea agreement he signed includes recommended sentencing guidelines that call for between one year and 18 months.
Two of Vick’s co-defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30. The third is scheduled for Dec. 14.
The men still face state charges related to dogfighting and animal cruelty in Surry County. The next court hearing in that case is next Tuesday. But the defense attorneys have said they will try to have those charges dismissed because the men have already been prosecuted in federal court.
Vick also has a Nov. 29 hearing in Richmond Circuit Court in a civil matter involving a former agent who sued the NFL star over a contract.
Sims, the former federal prosecutor, said Vick likely would serve time in a minimum security facility.
Vick could be released early to a halfway house, Sims said.
How Monday’s decision affects Vick’s football future remains unclear. The Atlanta Falcons still hold Vick’s rights and are expected to retain them while the club attempts to recoup some of his signing bonus. An arbitrator ruled in October that the team is entitled to $19.9 million, but the NFL Players Association has appealed.
Vick could face further sanctions from the NFL, even after he is released from prison. League commissioner Roger Goodell appears to be waiting to see what sentence the court imposes next month. Goodell suspended the quarterback indefinitely without pay after Vick made his plea agreement. The commissioner’s suspensions have typically come with terms that have to be met in order for a player to be reinstated.
Assuming Vick met those conditions and was released by the Falcons, he would be free to sign with another team at any time, much like Ricky Williams did with the Miami Dolphins last week. That would depend on a team being willing to endure the possible backlash that could come from signing Vick.
“I would say somebody will certainly give him a tryout, if he has no issues between now and when he is reinstated,” said Charlie Casserly, former General Manger of the Houston Texans. “Somebody will give him a tryout and offer him a contract.”
How Vick would fare would depend on how long he’s out of the game, Casserly said.
“Common sense says he won’t be same player. A lot of his success says was in his ability to run the ball.”
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA )
v. ) Criminal No. 3:07CR274-04-HEH
MICHAEL VICK, )
(Ordering U.S. Marshal to Take Custody of Defendant upon Voluntary Self-Surrender)
THIS MATTER is before the Court after Defendant Michael Vick has indicated his desire
to voluntarily enter custody prior to his sentencing hearing. It appearing appropriate to do so, the
U.S. Marshal is ORDERED to take custody of the Defendant immediately upon his surrender.
The Court's previous order setting conditions for Defendant's pre-trial release is
TERMINATED. Defendant is remanded to custody based solely on his desire to begin his period
of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing and not because of a violation of any condition of
The clerk will send copies of this Order to Counsel.
It is so ORDERED.
Henry E. Hudson
United States District Court Judge
Date: Nov 19, 2007
Richmond, VA '