November 25, 2008
(AP) -- Michael Vick was back in a Virginia court again Tuesday, this time to face dogfighting charges at the state level.
The one-time NFL star pleaded guilty to a felony charge in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a suspended sentence and probation.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals demonstrated outside the courtroom.
The plea would resolve his last pending criminal charges and, his lawyers hope, make him eligible for early release from prison. He's scheduled to be released next July from a federal custody.
He's now serving a 23-month federal sentence on a conspiracy guilty plea related to dogfighting. Vick hopes to be sent to a "halfway house" to complete his sentence and perhaps get out early for good behavior.
Vick still hopes to be reinstated by the NFL, though the owner of the Atlanta Falcons says Vick is finished with that team. A half-dozen clubs tell the AP they're willing to consider acquiring him.