SUSSEX, Va. - Members of an animal rights group are protesting outside thecourthouse where former NFL star Michael Vick is expected to pleadguilty to state dogfighting charges.
Nine protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animalsheld signs this morning with photographs of bloodied fighting dogsand others that read "Dogfighters repent".
Vick arrived at the courthouse in Sussex about 6:40 a.m, morethan two hours before his scheduled appearance.
A plea agreement between Vick's legal team and Surry CountyCommonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter calls for the formerAtlanta Falcons quarterback to receive a suspended sentence and oneyear of probation.
He already is serving a 23-month sentence for a federaldogfighting conviction.
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