SUSSEX, Va. (AP) -- Michael Vick and three co-defendants have been indicted by a Virginia grand jury on state charges related to a dogfighting ring.
But the grand jury declined to indict the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and two of his co-defendants on eight counts of animal cruelty. Those charges would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison if convicted.
Vick has already pleaded guilty in federal court to a dogfighting conspiracy charge and is awaiting sentencing in December. The state charges allege he was engaging in or promoting dogfighting, and was responsible for beating or killing dogs or causing dogs to fight.
The charges are the first leveled against Vick in the county where his property allegedly served as the base of the dogfighting operation.
Prosecutors asked that the four be arraigned next month.
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