It’s unlikely that former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick can cut his federal prison sentence by a year by taking part in a drug treatment program, says Howard Kieffer of Federal Defense Associates. Kieffer commented on the Talk Left blog on a Yahoo! Sports report that Vick could be out by the end of this year and be back in the National Football League in 2009. His projected release date on a 23-month sentence in a dogfighting case is July 20, 2009.
The Yahoo! Sports report said that Vick was transferred to the federal prison in Leavenworth, Ks., which operates a Residential Drug Abuse Program. Kieffer says that at best, Vick would not be eligible for release until May 1, 2009, “a benefit of just 2 months and 20 days.” It is not clear whether Vick is eligible for the program.