May 20, 2009

Vick leaves federal prison

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick has left a federal prison in Kansas where he served 19 months after pleading guilty to dogfighting charges.

The Daily Press, a Newport News, Va., newspaper, said Vick left the prison in Leavenworth, Kan., about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The newspaper said Vick was expected to drive to his home in Virginia and was to meet with probation officials later in the week.

Vick, 28, pleaded guilty in August 2007 to a conspiracy charge as part of a plea agreement. In December, he was sentenced to 23 months in prison. He is to spend the rest of the sentence in home confinement and will work at a construction job as part of a work-release program.

Vick and three other men pleaded guilty to charges related to an investigation of an alleged dogfighting ring on Vick's property in Virginia. Investigators said several dogs were killed, either in fights or because the dogs didn't fight well enough, but Vick denied personally killing any animals.

Vick was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He played six seasons for the Falcons, earning Pro Bowl status three times. He was suspended by the NFL after his guilty plea.