Seen here in March, Former New York Giant and Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty today to attempted criminal possession of weapon stemming from an incident last November at a Manhattan nightclub. The wide receiver was shot through the leg when a loaded gun in his own waistband accidentally went off. Plaxico enlisted the help of a teammate to hide the gun in New Jersey before reluctantly going to the hospital. ESPN reports:
“[Plaxico's lawyer] 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.”
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 trial.
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.
Granted, Plaxico’s the only one who was really hurt in this incident since he shot himself in the leg like a gangster Sarah Palin, but just imagine if he had hit something else at that nightclub. Like bottles of liquor. No! God, no. I don’t even what to think about it. Happy thoughts. Happy. Thoughts…