Two Co-Defendants in Michael Vick Dogfighting Case Sentenced

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Two of Michael Vick's co-defendants will do jail time for their roles in the federal dogfighting conspiracy that has ensnared NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

Quanis Phillips of Atlanta was sentenced to serve 21 months, while Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach got 18 months. Each could have received up to five years in prison -- the same maximum Vick faces when he is sentenced next month.

A third co-defendant, Tony Taylor of Hampton, Virginia, will be sentenced next month.

Peace, Phillips and Taylor, who pleaded guilty last summer, agreed to testify against Vick. That prompted the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback to enter his own plea agreement a few days later.

Vick turned himself in earlier this month to begin serving his prison term early.

All four men also face state charges.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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