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

about it.

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

a setback.

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.