Michael Vick could serve end of his sentence at home
Football star Michael Vick will be allowed to serve the final months of his sentence in his own home because of a lack of space in a halfway house. Vick, who is currently serving 23 months for his participation in a dogfighting ring and has admitted to killing several pit bulls that underperformed, could be back at his own Virginia home in May. The Associated Press reports:
"We are aware of reports regarding the release of Michael Vick," Vick attorneys Billy Martin and Lawrence Woodward said in a written statement. "As his attorneys we understand and respect that there is a process that the Bureau of Prisons follows, therefore it is not appropriate for us comment at this time." ...
The Hampton house is one of four Vick still owns, according to bankruptcy court papers. He sold the Surry County property that served as headquarters for his BadNewz Kennels soon after his July 2007 indictment.
The five-bedroom, 3,538-square-foot brick home with an in-ground pool in Hampton is assessed at $748,100, according to city tax records. Vick also owns an interest in a $2-million home being built in Suffolk, bankruptcy court papers show. His eight-bedroom home in suburban Atlanta is scheduled to be sold at auction March 10, with a minimum opening bid of $3.2 million.
Vick will be on electronic monitoring and will only be allowed to leave home for activities approved by his probation officer, the official said. He is eligible for release in July.
The Atlanta Falcons' general manager, Thomas Dimitroff, has said Vick's former team will try to trade his contract rights to another football team. But officials of other NFL teams say they don't want Vick because of the wrath his hiring would likely bring from animal lovers.
Recently, PETA released the results of an "empathy test" they say was taken by Vick. The football star, the group says, scored a 73.5% on the test. PETA also asked the NFL to subject Vick to a mental exam before allowing him to be reinstated in the league.
-- Lindsay Barnett