In Plea Deal, Burress Faces Two-year Term


August 21, 2009

NEW YORK -- Facing the prospect of at least 3 1/2 years behind bars, 2008 Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress on Thursday accepted a plea bargain with a two-year prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a New York nightclub.

The former New York Giants wide receiver pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a lesser charge than he had faced. He will be sentenced Sept. 22 and is expected to begin serving his sentence immediately.

Hours later, the NFL announced that Commissioner Roger Goodell had suspended Burress but that he will be reinstated upon completion of his sentence.

The Giants cut ties with Burress in April.

Burress, who caught the winning touchdown for the Giants over the New England Patriots in the final minute of the 2008 Super Bowl, and former teammate Antonio Pierce were at the Latin Quarter nightclub in late November when a gun tucked into Burress' waistband slipped down his leg and fired, shooting him in the right thigh.

The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived.

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