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Plaxico Burress

Gets 2 Years in Prison

9/22/2009 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former NY Giants star Plaxico Burress was just sentenced to two years in federal prison for criminal possession of a weapon.

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Burress -- who was surrounded by his wife, son and father -- was immediately taken into custody following the hearing which happened just moments ago in New York.

Right after Plax heard his sentence, the 32-year-old NFL star hugged his wife and cradled his son. It was during this emotional moment that Plax began to tear up. The other members of Plaxico's family also began to cry in the courtroom.

Moments later, Plaxico stood up and made a statement in front of the judge saying, "I apologize to my family ... I thank everyone for their support."

Plaxico then walked from the courtroom into a holding area. He was never placed in handcuffs while inside the courtroom.

Plax accidentally shot himself in the leg in a NYC nightclub back in November 2008.

The gun was unlicensed and no one initially called police.

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16.

eli    

YOu idiots he didnt get two years for shooting him self , he got two years for haveing a gun in a bar. any normal person would of got worse. they should of locked him up longer for discharching the gun too in the bar. the dumb ass got off easy.

1825 days ago
17.

lilliana.m.garcia    

yes he got screwed! Look at the sentence Donte Stallworth got for intoxication manslaughter. HE KILLED A MAN AND IS OUT AND ABOUT!! Plaxico was just a dummy for carrying the gun and the only person he hurt was himself.

1825 days ago
18.

john    

Those thinking Burress got screwed didn't follow the story. Burress screwed himself when he turned down a plea agreement to do just 6 months. He wanted to take his chances, on a crime with a 5 year minimum sentence. After the formal indictment, and it became apparent he would do the full time, he came back to the bargaining table. Prosecutors weren't required to give him a deal, but they did. He should be grateful he isn't doing the full 5 years.

I'm not a proponent of NY state's law in this regard, but you'd have to be an idiot to live in the NJ/NY area and not know its illegal to carry a concealed, loaded weapon around without a permit. More so to carry a gun stuck the waistband of a jogging suit instead of a holster. More so, again, to try and catch a falling gun.

I don't actually buy Burress' story about how the gun went off, anyhow. We'll never know for sure, but I'm convinced he was screwing around and shot himself. Fortunately, no one else was hurt.

1825 days ago
19.

China    

This is a JOKE AND INJUSTICE! the prison system all over the United States is letting loose drug dealers, rapists and other serious criminals because of budget cuts and no room in their prisons to hold many people. O.K. he had a weapon without a license in a public place, how is this deserving of a 2 year sentence. He could have just been given 6 months. He is not a CRIMINAL, HE DOESN'T HAVE A WRAP SHEET IN THE PRISON SYSTEM DOES HE? his lawyers should appeal this and activists should work on his behalf so his sentence can be reduced. Look at the state of Washington that let a psycho murderer loose to go on a fieldtrip to the fair, HELLO!!!

1825 days ago
20.

Divabitch    

Okay, idiot to even "accidentally" shoot oneself, but what about the club???? What about their responsibility in all of this??? Where was the security????What if he got crazy and shot up the club??? What THEY are innocent??? Come on people!

1825 days ago
21.

czsteen    

Wow, thats messed up man. I dont think this guy should have gotten jail time over this! Stupid kangaroo courts!

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1825 days ago
22.

FO REAL    

THANKS BLOOMBERG!!!
HE GOT SCREWED. THEY MADE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF HIM.

1825 days ago
23.

Kooky Fan    

Plaxico, Vick, McNair - IS I A RACIST OR IS IT THE AFRO-AMERICAN ATHLETES GETTIN OUTTA HAND? OH - SARENA AND KANYE TOO.

1825 days ago
24.

gog    

Right where he belongs with the rest of his kind. Too bad it is for only 2 years

1825 days ago
25.

FO REAL    

HE WAISTED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON THAT DIRT BAG LAWYER WHO DID NOTHING FOR HIM!!!

1825 days ago
26.

Christine    

It's true. Chris Brown should have gotten 2 years in jail or MORE for his crime. Sure, Buress was wrong for having a gun in a club, but I think what Chris Brown did was by far much WORSE!! Where's his jail time??

1825 days ago
27.

Scott    

I guess the truth must hurt huh?

1825 days ago
28.

fozzie    

bout time these idiots learn that they are not above the law. he was carrying the gun illegally and im supposed to feel sorry for him? what if it were you or i? we would get the same sentence, only there wouldn't be cameras following the whole thing. i will say it again---bout time

1825 days ago
29.

mack    

He didnt go to prison for shooting himself, that part is relevant also though. He went to prison for carrying a weapon INTO A BAR.........UNLICENSED...........AND OBVIOUSLY LOADED...........THATS A FELONY. LOOK IT UP.

He was offered a plea deal to serve 6 months, the arrogant idiot chose to take his chances with a jury /judge and he LOST, big time

1825 days ago
30.

grape soda    

WHAT WOULD KOOKY DO?

1825 days ago
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