Michael Vick Faces More Charges, Becomes Chew Toy

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Already looking at a steep federal prison term for bankrolling a dogfighting ring, Michael Vick now faces state charges that could get him more prison time.

His likeness has also been made into a dog chew toy product by a pet product manufacturer, which plans to donate proceeds from sales to charity.

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After a Surry County, Va., grand jury indicted the Atlanta Falcons QB and three co-defendants Tuesday, Vick's lawyers indicated they will fight the state charges, saying he can't be convicted twice for the same crime.

The NFL star, scheduled for sentencing December 10 after pleading guilty to the federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, faces state charges of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dogfighting.

Meanwhile, some dogs filed suit against Vick last week as well. Their lawyers did, anyway. The canines themselves would no doubt enjoy a little taste of revenge, however... even if that taste is really just cheap plastic. See below.

The proceeds from sales of this $10.99 effigy of Michael Vick will be donated to animal charities. Here's what the makers of the toy say:

"Michael Vick's Dog Chew Toy is made of state of the art material. The Vick's Toy Doll is so strong and flexible, it will challenge every breed. Especially pit bulls."

The grand jury declined to indict Michael Vick and two co-defendants on eight additional counts of killing or causing to be killed a companion animal, felonies that would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison.

Vick's attorney, Billy Martin, said the counts concern "the same conduct covered by the federal indictment ... for which Mr. Vick already accepted responsibility."

Martin said he will "aggressively protect his rights to ensure that he is not held accountable for the same conduct twice."

But Vick was convicted of a federal conspiracy count while the state of Virginia's indictment deals with the act of dog fighting, said Steven Benjamin, a Richmond defense lawyer who is not involved in the case.

In pleading guilty to the federal charges last month, Vick admitted helping kill six to eight dogs, among other stuff. He faces up to five years in the can. No word on whether O.J. Simpson could somehow become his cell mate.

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Newport News, Virginia
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Michael Dwayne Vick