Michael Vick Takes Plea Deal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Michael Vick's lawyer says the NFL star will plead guilty to federal dog fighting conspiracy charges, putting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback's career in jeopardy and leaving him subject to a possible prison term.

The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, although federal sentencing guidelines most likely would call for less.

Lead defense attorney Billy Martin said today that after consulting with his family over the weekend, Vick asked that he announce that he has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors regarding the charges pending against him in Virginia.

Martin said Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty next week to the charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes. He said Vick wants to apologize to everyone who has been hurt by the scandal.

Martin says Vick's plea hearing will be next Monday.

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