Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Marcus Vick gets jail time
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Correction (Jan. 10, 2013: 12:20 p.m.): An arrest order will be issued for Marcus Vick for contempt of court and Vick, once arrested, would be incarcerated in either Montgomery County or at the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Roanoke County, unless other arrangements are made. An earlier version of the story listed another jail facility. The story has been updated. | Our corrections policy
Former Virginia Tech football player Marcus Vick was found in contempt of court today for not providing court-ordered financial documents and was sentenced to five days in jail.
Judge Brett Geisler, a Carroll County Circuit Court judge brought in to preside over the Montgomery County case, issued a warrant for Vick’s arrest during a telephone conference call at noon.
Vick, 28, who has said he is now living in the Atlanta area, can either turn himself in or wait until police officers pick him up, according to his lawyer Jimmy Turk.
Geisler originally ruled Dec. 3 in Montgomery County Circuit Court that Vick had five days to provide specific financial documents to the plaintiff in the civil case in which he is involved. At that time, Geisler said that if Vick did not provide the information by Dec. 7, he would have to spend five days in jail, reporting by Dec. 10.
Turk said after the deadline that Vick provided some of the requested documents but “whether it’s sufficient or not, we don’t know.”
Kris Olin, the attorney for plaintiff Barbara Ferguson, said in December that he didn’t believe he received all of the court-ordered information.
Olin eventually faxed the documents to Geisler so that the judge could decide. After Geisler received the materials, he told the attorneys that he wanted to schedule a phone conference to discuss the matter.
Both Olin and Turk participated in the conference call today. Turk said the judge mentioned that he may consider suspending or altering the sentence if Vick provides the remaining requested documents, which include additional bank statements, pay stubs and correspondence with former employer Reamon Enterprises.
“There needs to be full compliance at some point, and I think now is as good a time as any,” Turk said today.
Vick signed a promissory note for $40,000 in September 2008 pertaining to a civil matter. According to Olin, Vick has not paid any of the promissory note, which is now nearing $90,000 with interest and attorney fees.
Because Vick still owes the judgment, the plaintiff has a right to seek Vick’s financial statements, Olin said.
Olin would not comment on the details of the civil suit, although in September 2008, Vick agreed in principle to settle a $6.3 million lawsuit filed by a Christiansburg teenager — listed as “Jane Doe” — who claimed psychological trauma after having a two-year sexual relationship with Vick that began in January 2004, when she was 15 and he was 19.
“I think you can probably put two and two together,” Olin told The Roanoke Times in February.
Vick, the younger brother of former Hokie star and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, was Tech’s starting quarterback in 2005 but was kicked off the team in 2006 for on- and off-field issues. Marcus Vick was signed by the Miami Dolphins but was released in 2007.