Vick may face charges in a Virginia state court
RICHMOND, Va.— Michael Vick’s legal troubles from dogfighting could get even worse.
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback faces possible prosecution in state court, where punishment might far exceed the maximum five years in prison that could await him in his federal case.
Local prosecutor Gerald Poindexter has said he likely will pursue charges against Vick, who has plummeted from favorite son to a symbol of animal abuse in the four months since authorities raided his Surry County property. Poindexter says the case could go before a county grand jury Sept. 25.
Poindexter did not return messages left by The Associated Press at his office and on his cell phone Tuesday.
Among the state laws Vick could be charged with violating are those against dogfighting and animal cruelty. Both are felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.