NFL Football Star Michael Vick indicted on state charges

by Brian Mooar
NBC News

There's more bad news and some good news for NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

The suspended quarterback, who's awaiting sentencing on a federal dog fighting conspiracy case, was indicted Tuesday on state charges in Virginia.

But a grand jury refused to indict him on eight animal cruelty charges that could've landed the quarterback behind bars for forty years, and ended his pro career.
Vick and three co-defendants are charged with one count of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight and one count of engaging in or promoting dog fighting.

Each charge carries a maximum 5-year prison term.

Vick drew huge crowds of supporters, and detractors last month when he arrived at a federal courthouse in Richmond to plead guilty to a federal dog fighting conspiracy charge.

Vick acknowledged that he ran a dog-fighting ring from his rural Virginia home and more.

He admitted he was present when dogs were killed, and that he bankrolled dog fights, but he denied gambling, a charge that would've slammed the door on his pro football career.

He's since been suspended by the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons, and dumped by his high-profile sponsors.

Vick is scheduled to be arraigned next month on the state charge, and sentenced in the federal case in December.