Thursday, August 20, 2009

Plaxico Burress Pleads Guilty, Gets Two Years in Prison

One of the dumbest football players alive has pled guilty to gun charges and faces two years in prison. I guess the Philadelphia Eagles won't be signing him any time soon.
Plaxico Burress, the former Giants receiver, entered into a plea agreement on Thursday morning in his weapons-possession case, in a deal with Manhattan prosecutors that will send him to prison for two years.

Justice Michael H. Melkonian of State Supreme Court accepted the guilty plea. Along with the two-year prison sentence, Mr. Burress, 31, will be sentenced to two years of post-release supervision.

Mr. Burress was indicted earlier this month on related to an episode in November 2008, when he accidentally shot himself in the thigh in a Manhattan nightclub. The Giants released him in April without waiting for the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

If the case were to go to trial and Mr. Burress were convicted of all charges — two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of second-degree reckless endangerment — he could face 3½ to 15 years in prison. The plea agreement still needs the approval of a State Supreme Court justice.
No word whether he'll have a reduced sentence after an amount of time served, but with this sentence it's clear he'll miss at least two full seasons and his career certainly could be at an end considering he'll have missed nearly three seasons by the time he's released. You have to figure even if he were in shape to play by the time the 2011 seasons rolls around the commissioner would probably tack on a suspension.

He has only himself to blame.

Update: According to this report he'll serve 20 months.

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