Vick Co-defendant Pleads Guilty

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - One of Michael Vick's co-defendants pleaded guilty today in Virginia to federal dog fighting conspiracy charges in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Thurty-four-year-old Tony Taylor will be sentenced December 14. He says he was not promised any specific sentence in return for his cooperation with the government.

Taylor, of Hampton, Virginia, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Richmond to conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities, and conspiring to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture.

Vick, the star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, and two other co-defendants pleaded not guilty last week to similar charges.

The offenses carry a maximum punishment of five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Vick and Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach, and Quanis Phillips of Atlanta, are scheduled for trial November 26. They remain free without bond.


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