Guilty plea from co-defendant in Vick dog-fighting case

By: associated press
By: associated press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A co-defendant in the Michael Vick
dog-fighting case is pleading guilty.

Tony Taylor entered the plea to federal dogfighting conspiracy
charges today, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors in
Virginia.

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

Taylor will be sentenced in December. He says he wasn't promised
any specific sentence in return for his cooperation with the
government.

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

Prosecutors claimed in an indictment that Taylor helped purchase
pit bulls that were used in the fights, and that he killed at least
two dogs that fared poorly in test fights.

The indictment says the dogfighting ring killed underperforming
dogs through drowning, hanging and other brutal means.

Vick has been banned from the Falcons' training camp while the
NFL investigates.


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