Disgraced American football icon MICHAEL VICK has turned himself over to Virginia authorities, checking into jail three weeks before he is due to be sentenced for dogfighting charges. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback surrendered himself to U.S. marshals on Monday (19Nov07), reporting to Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw in anticipation of a prison sentence. Vick entered a guilty plea in a federal court in Richmond in August (07), where he admitted helping to kill six to eight pit bulls and supplying money for gambling on the fights as part of a plea agreement to lessen prison time. He is due to be sentenced on 10 December (07). But Vick's attorney claims the sportsman's actions this week (begs19Nov07) show he is trying to make amends for his crimes. Lawyer Billy Martin says, "From the beginning, Mr. Vick has accepted responsibility for his actions, and his self-surrender further demonstrates that acceptance. Michael wants to again apologise to everyone who has been hurt in this matter, and he thanks all of the people who have offered him and his family prayers and support during this time." Vick - who will be having a very sombre Thanksgiving on Thursday (22Nov07) - faces a maximum of five years in jail when he appears in court next month (Dec07), but is only expected to receive between 12 to 18 months behind bars. Vick has already been sentenced by America's National Football League and his sponsors - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Vick indefinitely without pay and the sports star's sponsors Nike have pulled all advertising connected to him.
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