Charles Robinson and Jason Cole of YAHOO SPORTS report Michael Vick may be released early, as soon as the end of this year. That means a 2009 possible NFL return for the convicted felon, providing he isn’t suspended additional time by the league.
Robinson and Cole report that, as hard as it is to believe, because he failed a drug test for marijuana before his sentencing and will serve his time at Leavenworth, KS., Vick may only have to serve about half the 23 months he was prescribed by a federal judge.
What were the chances of Vick being able to skate after only half his sentence in the federal prison system? About 100-1 (we’re sure his celebrity didn’t lower those odds, yeah right).
Robinson and Cole have the strange details: “A source confirmed to Yahoo! Sports on Friday that Vick has applied to a (prison-monitored drug rehabilitation) program, which is run only at the federal facility at Leavenworth. An official with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Friday that Vick was being transported to Leavenworth. Under the program, Vick could be released after serving only 12 months of the 23-month sentence Vick was given Dec. 10 in Richmond, Va.”
So if Vick had been sent to any other federal prison (there are over 100), he’d have no chance of cutting his hard time. His assignment we’re sure was sheer coincidence and had nothing to do with his celebrity.
UPDATE: This was posted on THE BIG LEAD by an anonymous emailer yesterday afternoon: “According to federal sentencing rules, if an inmate enters into the Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program he is eligible to take a full year off of his sentence, no matter what the original length of the sentence is. I am going to interview a federal prosecutor tomorrow to get the full details, but I wanted to give you a heads-up beforehand. Additionally, about 10 years ago someone close to my family received a 31 month federal sentence. When he entered into the RDATP due to alcoholism, he did in fact get a full 12 months taken off his sentence. So I know that this program exists, I am just not sure why no one is bringing this up.”
Coincidence? Or did the Yahoo guys get the idea for their reportage from TBL posting? Either way, it’s good stuff all around.