Plaxico Burress Indicted By New York County Jury

Plaxico Burress, the ex-New York Giants star wide receiver who caught the game winning pass in Super Bowl 42, was indicted on August 4th on New York gun possession charges. Burress was indicted on two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of second degree reckless endangerment.

The New York criminal weapon charges stem from an incident on November 29, 2008 at the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan. Mr. Burress accidentally fired his .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol, which had been tucked into the waistband of his jeans, narrowly missing a club employee, and shooting himself in the thigh. Burress had a gun permit in Florida, but that permit expired 7 months earlier, and he did not have a permit in New York.

Apparently, there had been negotiations between the New York County District Attorney’s office and Mr. Burress’ attorney regarding the amount of jail time Mr. Burress would have to serve in a plea deal, but negotiations broke down when Robert Morgenthau, the New York D.A. insisted on more than one year in jail. If Mr. Burress is convicted on the criminal possession charges, New York law mandates a minimum three and a half year prison term.

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