Former Giants star Plaxico Burress could face jail
Former Giants star Plaxico Burress may score his next touchdown in a prison yard, following his indictment Monday on weapons charges connected to his self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Manhattan nightclub last year.
Burress, 31, who caught the winning pass in the Giants 2008 Super Bowl victory, faces 3½ years behind bars if convicted on the two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment.
The wide receiver, who hopes to play in the NFL this year, accidently shot himself in the thigh with a gun that was tucked into the waistband of his jeans on Nov. 29 at the Latin Quarter nightclub.
Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, who drove Burress to the hospital that night before taking the gun — .40-caliber Glock — back to his house in New Jersey, was not charged.
Burress did not have a license to carry the gun in New York.
“A grand jury applied the law to the facts of this case,” said Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.
An attorney for Burress, who reportedly rejected a plea deal that would have landed him in the clink for two years, said publicity from the case – and the high-profile condemnation from the likes of Mayor Michael Bloomberg – likely swayed jurors.
“It was perhaps too much to hope for the grand jury to conduct a sympathetic review of the unique facts of this sad case,” lawyer Benjamin Brafman said, according to published reports.
A trial is expected to start next spring, and Brafman made clear that Burress, who is not on any team roster, is prepared to play this year.
The AP contributed to this report