Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty Thursday to a weapons charge and agreed to a two-year prison term for accidentally shooting himself at a Manhattan nightclub.
Burress pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a lesser charge than he initially faced. Under a plea agreement, he agreed to a two-year prison sentence and two years of supervised release.
Burress was indicted earlier this month on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment. He faced a minimum sentence of 3½ years if convicted at a trial.
If he can just manage to kill a few dogs on top of shooting himself, I think the Eagles will find a spot for him upon his release. Because you know the “NFL will welcome Plaxico Burress back with open arms.”
Plaxico Burress could be out of prison by May of 2011 when he will be nearly 34 years old and having not been on a football field – other than anything they might have in the the prison yard – for the previous 30 months. Even so, he should have no problem finding a new team that will provide him the opportunity to resume his career as a wide receiver. nydailynews.com
And you gotta love his attorney:
Benjamin Brafman, said in court that the 31-year-old Burress was thinking of his family in taking the plea, although he questioned the recommended prison sentence. Afterward, Brafman described Burress as having “an agonizing period of discussion” about taking the plea, but taking it so he could put the whole episode behind him quickly.
“This was not an intentional criminal act,” Brafman said. “In my judgment, a two-year prison sentence is a very severe punishment.” sports.espn.go.com
If carrying a loaded handgun concealed in your waistband isn’t “intentional”, I don’t know what is. Oh, I get it, he didn’t mean to break the law because he was unaware (somehow) that his actions were, in fact, unlawful.
Ignorance is bliss. But, it is no excuse.by