- The Washington Times - Friday, February 27, 2009

RICHMOND

Imprisoned NFL star Michael Vick will be allowed to serve the last two months of his sentence under home confinement because there is no room at a halfway house for him, a government official told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Vick is serving a 23-month sentence at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., after pleading guilty to bankrolling a dogfighting operation at a home he owned in eastern Virginia’s Surry County. He also admitted to participating in the killing of several underperforming dogs.

Vick’s lawyers have said they expected him to be moved any day to a halfway house in Newport News. But because of a lack of space, Vick will be released instead to his home in nearby Hampton at some point on or after May 21, said the official, who has knowledge of the case but requested anonymity because the individual was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

“We are aware of reports regarding the release of Michael Vick,” Vick’s attorneys Billy Martin and Lawrence Woodward said. “As his attorneys, we understand and respect that there is a process that the Bureau of Prisons follows. Therefore, it is not appropriate for us comment at this time.”

Vick’s agent, Joel Segal, did not return messages seeking comment. Vick’s mother, Brenda Boddie, said in a telephone interview that she knew nothing about the arrangements.

The Hampton house is one of four Vick still owns, according to bankruptcy court papers. He sold the Surry County property that served as headquarters for his Bad Newz Kennels soon after his July 2007 indictment.

The five-bedroom, 3,538-square-foot brick home with an in-ground pool in Hampton is assessed at $748,100, according to city tax records. Vick also owns an interest in a $2 million home being built in Suffolk, bankruptcy court papers show. His eight-bedroom home in suburban Atlanta is scheduled to be sold at auction March 10, with a minimum opening bid of $3.2 million.

Vick will be on electronic monitoring and will be allowed to leave home only for activities approved by his probation officer, the official said. He is eligible for release in July.

According to Vick’s lawyers, the former Virginia Tech standout plans to resume his pro football career. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who suspended Vick without pay, has repeatedly said he will review Vick’s status after the legal proceedings are completed.

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