Friday, November 30, 2007

Beware of a Higher Sentence for Vick

Two of Michael Vick's co-defendants in the federal dog-fighting case received sentences at the high end of the Sentencing Guidelines range, which may portend a longer prison term for Vick at his sentencing in December.  The applicable range for the co-defendants was 12-18 months and 18-24 months, based on their prior criminal histories, and they received sentences of 18 and 21 months.  U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson gave the higher sentences because "[y]ou may have thought this was sporting, but it was very callous and cruel."  Vick may be in a lower sentencing range under the Guidelines, but could well receive a sentence higher than my earlier prediction (see Vick's Thanksgiving post) of a year-and-a-day and instead be looking at 15 to 18 months.  Vick surrendered himself earlier in November to begin the prison sentence, and a sentence of even 15 months would keep him in prison or a half-way house through all of the 2008 NFL season. An AP article (here) discusses the sentencing of Vick's co-defendants. (ph)

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