Vick ac­cused of drown­ing, hang­ing dogs

The Covington News - - Sports -

RICH­MOND, Va. —Two of Michael Vick’s al­leged co­horts in a grisly dog­fight­ing case pleaded guilty, and one said the At­lanta Fal­cons quar­ter­back joined them in drown­ing and hang­ing dogs that un­der­per­formed.

With his NFL ca­reer in jeop­ardy and a su­per­sed­ing in­dict­ment adding more charges in the works, that left Vick with a hard choice: Cut­ting his own deal to hold jail time un­der a year or go to trial and sit through de­tailed de­scrip­tions of the ghastly op­er­a­tion known as “Bad Newz Ken­nels.”

Qua­nis Phillips of At­lanta and Pur­nell Peace of Vir­ginia Beach en­tered plea agree­ments and agreed to tes­tify against Vick. A third mem­ber of the dog­fight­ing ring, Tony Tay­lor, struck a sim­i­lar deal last month.

As part of his plea agree­ment, Phillips signed a state­ment that said Vick joined in ex­e­cut­ing at least eight dogs that didn’t do well in test fights by var­i­ous meth­ods, in­clud­ing hang­ing and drown­ing.

Phillips and Peace also backed up Tay­lor’s as­ser­tion that Vick was in­volved in gam­bling.

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