View Full Version : Michael Vick got high for a pretty good reason, it turns out.

01-12-2008, 12:37 AM
Remember when everyone was saying it was stupid for Michael Vick to get busted for smoking pot while he was awaiting sentencing?

Looks like his lawyers knew something after all.

He could get out a year early for joining the drug rehab program and finishing it at Leavenworth.


Vick Transferred to Kansas Prison

By KRISTEN GELINEAU – 4 days ago
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Michael Vick left Virginia on Monday to enter a drug treatment program at a Kansas prison, a move that could reduce the former NFL star's 23-month sentence on a federal dogfighting conviction.
The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback is now at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons minimum security facility in Leavenworth, his attorney, Billy Martin, said.

"Mr. Vick hopes to participate in programs offered at that facility, including the Bureau of Prisons drug treatment program," Martin said in a statement.

Vick tested positive for marijuana in September while he was on supervised release following his guilty plea. The residential drug treatment programs at Bureau of Prisons institutions take place in units set apart from the general prison population, lasting at least 500 hours over six to 12 months, according to Bureau of Prisons policy.

Upon successful completion of the program, nonviolent offenders may be granted up to one year of early release. Staff members review the inmates' records and behavior to determine if they are eligible for early release.

If Vick was granted early release, he could be ready to play in the 2009 football season, though he is currently suspended without pay by the NFL.

"Mr. Vick looks forward to being reunited with his family upon completion of his sentence," Martin said. "He is hopeful that following his release he will have the opportunity to resume his career as a professional football player."

Vick was accompanied by U.S. marshals when he left the Northern Neck Regional Jail on Monday morning, said Maj. Ted Hull of the Warsaw, Va., jail.

Yahoo! Sports first reported Friday that Vick planned to enter a drug treatment program at Leavenworth.

Vick and three co-defendants raised pit bulls and trained them for fighting behind the property he owned in rural Surry County. Several dogs that did not perform well in test fights were executed.

The 27-year-old player pleaded guilty in August, admitting he bankrolled the dogfighting operation and helped kill six to eight dogs. He had been held at the Warsaw jail since he surrendered Nov. 19 in anticipation of his sentence.

Vick lost all his lucrative endorsement deals and still must contend with additional legal woes: He and co-defendants Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor are facing state animal cruelty charges in Surry County. Vick's trial is set for April 2.


01-13-2008, 12:49 AM
:mob: Even more cruel than him killing those dogs, is watching how they train them to fight and how they are treated in the process.

01-13-2008, 01:03 AM
:mob: Even more cruel than him killing those dogs, is watching how they train them to fight and how they are treated in the process.

And stealing peoples dogs to train them with!


01-13-2008, 03:25 AM
Other famous Leavenworth inmates

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Heavyweight champion was sentenced to one year in Leavenworth in 1920 for violating the Mann Act. According to a New York Times story, Johnson was assigned No. 15,461 and was made orderly of the prison baseball park.

Alvin “Creepy” Karpis
Onetime “Public Enemy No. 1” by the FBI joined with the Barker gang in Kansas City and rampaged throughout the Midwest in the 1930s, committing murders, robberies and kidnappings. He served six months in Leavenworth in 1958 between his time at Alcatraz.

George “Machine Gun” Kelly
Notorious bank robber during the Prohibition era. Captured after kidnapping an Oklahoma oil tycoon and was sent from Leavenworth to Alcatraz after bragging that he would escape.

Randy Lanier
1986 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year is serving a life sentence without parole after he was convicted for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and participating in a continuing criminal enterprise.

Byron “Bam” Morris
Former Chiefs running back served 30 months in Leavenworth after pleading guilty to federal drug-trafficking charges in 2000. He admitted attempting to distribute more than 220 pounds of marijuana. He later did time in Texas for a probation violation and became a free man in 2004.

Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti
He was sentenced with Al Capone on tax evasion charges, but, unlike Capone, got out after just an 18-month sentence and then succeeded Capone as the leader of the Chicago Outfit. Nitti committed suicide after he was indicted for extortion in 1943.

Leonard Peltier
Sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in the 1975 killing of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He has maintained innocence and has been called a political prisoner by some activist groups. He was moved from Leavenworth to the U.S. penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., in 2005.

Robert Stroud
Stroud murdered two men but became famous as an author, writing two books about birds during his time at Leavenworth. The feds later discovered he’d been using some of his lab equipment to make moonshine. He was transferred to Alcatraz, and the movie “Birdman of Alcatraz” made him famous.



The "Birdman of Alcatraz" and the "Dogkiller of Leavenworth"!

You share some great company Vick!