Michael Vick timeline

Updated: August 13, 2009, 9:48 PM ET
Associated Press

A look at the dogfighting case against Michael Vick:

• Early 2001 -- Vick, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor decide to start an illegal dogfighting operation. Later that year, Purnell Peace joins the venture.

• June 29, 2002 -- Vick pays about $34,000 for property in Surry County, Va.

• 2002-07 -- Vick and his co-defendants establish "Bad Newz Kennels," host dogfights and participate in fights in other states.

• April 25, 2007 -- Police raid Vick's Virginia property and find several neglected pit bulls and evidence of dogfighting.

• June 7, 2007 -- Federal investigators raid Vick's property.

• July 17, 2007 -- Vick, Peace, Phillips and Taylor are charged by a federal grand jury in Richmond, Va., with conspiring to engage in competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines.

• July 26, 2007 -- Vick and his co-defendants plead not guilty to the charges.

• July 30, 2007 -- Taylor changes his plea to guilty and agrees to cooperate with the prosecution of Vick and the other two men.

• Aug. 17, 2007 -- Peace and Phillips plead guilty and implicate Vick in bankrolling gambling on dogfights. One says the quarterback helped drown or hang dogs that didn't do well.

• Aug. 23, 2007 -- Vick signs plea agreement and statement of facts admitting to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring and helping kill pit bulls. He denies betting on the fights, only bankrolling them.

• Aug. 24, 2007 -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspends Vick indefinitely without pay from the NFL.

• Aug. 27, 2007 -- Vick pleads guilty to dogfighting conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson. At a news conference, Vick apologizes for "using bad judgment and making bad decisions. I offer my deepest apologies to everyone. And I will redeem myself. I have to."

• Nov. 20, 2007 -- Vick surrenders to U.S. marshals and begins serving his sentence in a Virginia jail three weeks before his official sentencing.

• Dec. 10, 2007 -- Vick is sentenced to 23 months in federal prison.

• Jan. 7, 2008 -- Vick leaves Virginia to enter a drug treatment program at a Leavenworth, Kan., minimum security facility.

• July 8, 2008 -- Vick files for bankruptcy protection.

• Nov. 25, 2008 -- Vick appears in a Virginia courtroom to plead guilty to a state dogfighting charge and receives a three-year suspended sentence.

• April 3, 2009 -- Vick testifies in federal bankruptcy court that he has become a changed man and will do all the right things upon his release from prison, including repaying his creditors by resuming his professional football career.

• April 21, 2009 -- Goodell says Vick will have to show genuine remorse to get a chance at resuming his career in the NFL.

• May 20, 2009 -- Vick is released from the Leavenworth, Kan., prison to begin two months of home confinement at his Hampton, Va., home.

• July 20, 2009 -- Vick is released from federal custody.

• July 27, 2009 -- Vick is conditionally reinstated by Goodell.

• Aug. 13, 2009 -- Vick signs a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He can take part in preseason practices, workouts, meetings and the final two preseason games. Vick can apply for full reinstatement by Week 6 in October.


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