Star NFL quarterback is considering an offer from federal prosecutors that recommends he serve at least one year in prison on a felony dogfighting conspiracy charge, according to a report published Thursday in the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.
Vick has until 9 a.m. Friday to accept the offer or he could face additional charges when a grand jury convenes next week in Richmond, the newspaper reported.
Two co-defendants are scheduled Friday morning to appear in court, where they are expected to accept deals and enter guilty pleas.
Vick's plea deal would require that he promise to cooperate fully with prosecutors, the newspaper reported.
Vick and threee other men are charged with conspiring to create a dogfighting operation known as "Bad Newz Kennels" in 2001 on property that Vick bought in Surry County. The men raised pit bulls and sponsored fights against dog owners from other states, sometimes traveling outside Virginia for matches, according to the federal indictment.
The men gambled on the fights, sometimes betting $10,000 or more on a match, and executed dogs that lost or performed badly, the indictment said.