Vick hoping to move closer to freedom with plea

By: AP
By: AP

Vick will appear Tuesday in Surry County Circuit Court to plead guilty to state dogfighting charges, a necessary step to make him eligible for early release from prison into a halfway house.

The 28-year-old Vick is serving a 23-month sentence for a federal dogfighting conviction. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled for release in July 2009.

Vick will plead guilty to two felony counts -- beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dogfighting.

Each felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, but a plea agreement calls for him to receive a suspended sentence and a year of probation.

The house at the center of the dogfighting ring that led to the downfall of disgraced NFL star Michael Vick is back on the auction block.

A listing on Motleys Auction and Realty Group's Web site says the five-bedroom house in Smithfield is scheduled to be auctioned on Dec. 15, with bids starting at $590,000.

Last December, developer Wilbur Ray Todd Jr. rejected a $747,000 bid for the property, which he had bought for $450,000, along with an additional $50,000 in improvements.

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