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Vick Surrenders Before Formal Sentencing

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KRISTEN GELINEAU and DIONNE WALKER | November 19, 2007 03:33 PM EST | AP

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RICHMOND, Va. — Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick voluntarily surrendered Monday before his sentencing on a dogfighting charge and was being held at a regional jail, according to a court document and prosecutors.

Vick is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10 on the dogfighting conspiracy charge but decided to surrender in anticipation of a prison term, the document stated. Vick could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

The order filed Monday in U.S. District Court states:

"This matter is before the Court after Defendant Michael Vick has indicated his desire to voluntarily enter custody prior to his sentencing hearing. It appearing appropriate to do so, the U.S. Marshal is ordered to take custody of the Defendant immediately upon his surrender.

"The Court's previous order setting conditions for Defendant's pre-trial release is terminated. Defendant is remanded to custody based solely on his desire to begin his period of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing and not because of violation of any condition of his bond."

In an e-mail sent to The Associated Press, the U.S. attorney's office confirmed Vick's surrender but declined further comment.

A U.S. marshal told the AP that Vick was being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw until his sentencing. The mixed-gender facility houses about 450 inmates.

A lawyer for Vick declined to comment, deferring to the court order.

Vick's decision to begin serving his time before sentencing was approved by the judge and Vick's lawyers.

This summer, Vick and three co-defendants pleaded guilty to charges related to a dogfighting operation financed by Vick. Bad Newz Kennels was based at a property owned by Vick in rural Surry County.

The NFL suspended Vick indefinitely and without pay.

Vick and his co-defendants still face state felony dogfighting charges.