Vick co-defendant returned to prison for 11 months
A co-defendant in the Michael Vick dogfighting case on Monday
was sent back to prison for 11 months for violating terms of his
supervised release, including talking to the NFL star at a Virginia
Beach nightclub last summer and then lying to his probation officer
U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson told Quanis Phillips he had
“failed miserably” during the past year, citing a list of
transgressions: failing to report run-ins with police, failing a
drug test, refusing to attend a mandatory mental health appointment
and being convicted of reckless driving and driving on a suspended
Phillips admitted all the violations, including his contact with
Vick at the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s birthday bash. Hudson
noted that the terms of Phillips’ probation prohibited him from
having any contact with his co-defendants in the dogfighting
“He was at an event he was not supposed to attend,” Hudson told
Phillips’ attorney, federal public defender Valencia Roberts, who
urged the judge to sentence Phillips at the middle of the guideline
range of five to 11 months.
Federal prosecutor Michael Gill sought the maximum under the
guidelines, noting that Phillips not only contacted Vick but also
lied about it when questioned by his probation officer. Phillips
was shot in the leg outside the event, and he failed to report
being questioned by police about that and other run-ins, according
to the probation officer. Nobody was charged in the shooting, which
occurred after Vick left the party.
Roberts said Phillips didn’t understand that he needed to report
his contact with police the night of the shooting because “it was
in the context of him being a victim of crime.” She also said
Phillips skipped the mental health appointment because he is a
private man and “he didn’t believe he had a mental health
She acknowledged that his recent positive test for marijuana was
In 2007, Phillips was sentenced to 21 months in prison and three
years of probation for his role in the Vick dogfighting case.
Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and three years of
probation. He served 18 months in a federal penitentiary and two
months on home confinement before resuming his NFL career.
He had a Pro Bowl season for the Eagles after taking over as the
starting quarterback last fall.