Vick may face charges in a Vir­ginia state court

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

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.

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