NFL star quarterback Michael Vick threw a Hail Mary in his illegal dogfighting case Monday, agreeing to plead guilty to avoid any further charges.
"After consulting with his family this weekend Michael Vick asked that I announce today that he has reached and agreement with federal prosecutors regarding the charges pending against him," lead Vick attorney Billy Martin said in a written statement.
"Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to the charges and accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologize everyone who has been hurt by this matter," Martin's statement concluded.
Vick, 27, had been in talks with his attorneys last week and over the weekend. The trial was set to begin Nov. 26, after 11 games of the Atlanta Falcons' 16-game regular season would have already been played.
The charges could bring a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each defendant. Sources tell ABC News it might not be possible for Vick to avoid prison time.
The pressure was on for Vick -- one co-defendant entered into a plea agreement last month, and the remaining two men appeared in court Friday to do the same. Prosecutors reportedly offered Vick a plea deal that included at least a one-year prison sentence. (source)
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