Plaxico Burress was found guilty of attempted criminal possession of a weapon. His lawyer and the courts must have spooked him quick because he just agreed to do two years in the bing for the stupid accident:
Facing the prospect of spending at least 3½ years behind bars, one-time 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 Manhattan 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 lawyer Benjamin Brafman said he expects Burress to begin serving his sentence immediately after. Burress got into a black SUV without speaking to reporters outside a Manhattan courthouse, but Brafman said, “After an agonizing period of discussion, Plaxico decided that he wanted to do this, to put this behind him as quickly as possible.”
If Burress had entered a not-guilty plea Thursday, Goodell would have suspended him for the upcoming season, sources told Mortensen. The guilty plea ends months of haggling between Brafman and the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The case went to a grand jury after negotiations broke down, apparently because District Attorney Robert Morgenthau was insisting that Burress serve at least two years in prison. Morgenthau did not comment on Burress’ guilty plea. Assistant District Attorney John Wolfstaetter said in court that Thursday was Burress’ last chance to accept the deal. Burress, wearing a dark blue suit and appearing subdued, first entered a not-guilty plea to the initial charges against him. After Brafman informed Judge Michael Melkonian that Burress had decided to plead to the lesser charge, Burress said “guilty” to attempted weapons possession in the second degree. Brafman said Burress, 32, was thinking of his family in taking the plea, but the attorney questioned the recommended prison sentence.
“This was not an intentional criminal act,” Brafman said. “In my judgment, a two-year prison sentence is a very severe punishment.”
Plaxico Burress is obviously being fed some bullsh*t. We agree, the initial act was pure stupidity on Plax’s behalf, but come on! Plaxico was not attempting to shoot anyone and could have “legally” licensed himself to carry a gun. Especially since the guy is a college grad and high profile athlete with no record.
Who convinced him that doing two years and not trying to get some kind of community service or probationary period was the best thing to do? F*ck the courts!