We want to wish the best for Plaxico Burress, even though we always give him a hard time for shooting himself in the leg like Cheddar Bob. He made a mistake and is serving his time for it now:
One-time Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday for violating New York’s stringent gun laws and was immediately taken into custody following his hearing.
Burress agreed to a plea deal last month and pleaded guilty to a lesser firearms charge. The charges stemmed from an incident late last fall, in which Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub with a gun that had not been licensed in New York.
He is expected to serve about 20 months with credit for good behavior — meaning he could be released as early as the spring of 2011 — followed by two years of probation. Burress arrived at the courthouse at 9:41 a.m. ET on Tuesday wearing jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt, a stark contrast to the dark blue suit he wore last month when he entered his guilty plea. He was accompanied by his pregnant wife, Tiffany, his almost 3-year-old son, Elijah, whom he carried, his father and stepmother, and his grandmother.
Before the sentencing began, Burress asked for and was granted permission by Judge Michael Melkonian to say one last goodbye to his wife and family, seated in the fifth row of the courthouse. The hearing was brief, as the prosecution and defense told the judge they had previously agreed to the guilty plea and two-year sentence. A soft-spoken Burress then apologized to his family and fans and thanked them for their support. “We will all get through this,” he said.
He was then taken into custody.
We keep Plax and his family in our prayers on his two year bid and offer the same advice as all brothers do… “stay strong,” because jail is a dangerous place.