NFL: Vick co-defendant accused of violating probation
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A co-defendant in Michael Vick’s dogfighting conspiracy case who was shot in the leg after a birthday party for the Eagles quarterback has been charged with violating terms of his probation.
Federal probation officer Rodney T. Lang said in a petition filed last week that Quanis L. Phillips lied to him about having contact with Vick at the June party at a Virginia nightclub. Vick told his probation officer that he had spoken to Phillips that night. Lang also said in the petition that Phillips failed to report run-ins with police.
Vick also said Phillips tried to contact him during a football camp before the party. Lang says Vick “eventually contacted Phillips to request that he refrain from contacting him.”
Phillips has been ordered to appear before U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond on March 15. Phillips’ attorneys did not immediately return a phone message Tuesday evening.
In November 2007, Phillips was sentenced to 21 months in prison and three years supervised release for participating in the dogfighting conspiracy. He was released from prison in February 2009.
No arrests were made in the nightclub shooting, which occurred after Vick had left the party.
Lang also said Phillips failed to report being charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license and reckless driving, and about being questioned by police after he was wounded in the arm in another shooting. Phillips also failed to report being questioned by Chesapeake police as he left a nightclub, Lang said.
“Phillips’ adjustment to supervision has been unsatisfactory,” Lang wrote. “…Phillips has failed to appreciate the seriousness of his situation and has not taken responsibility for his actions.”
Vick served 18 months of a 23-month sentence in federal prison, plus an additional two months on home confinement before resuming his NFL career.
Vick had a standout season for the Eagles when he took over as the starting quarterback and was named to the Pro Bowl.