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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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31.

Trevor    


Who is this nobody and why should anyone care?

1752 days ago
32.

Sue Wong    

I thought Americans were gun crazy and now they give this guy 2 years in jail for hurting himself. WOW. Damn crazier than I thought down there.

1752 days ago
33.

gitrdun    

He really got hosed on that two year sentence. Consider that we have a 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and that he didn't hurt anyone else. He didn't mean to fire the thing. NFL player Donte Stallworth only got 30 freaking *days* in jail for *killing* a woman while driving drunk. They should have just given Plaxico a fine.

1752 days ago
34.

Doug    

Comment # 8 by Area Man best comment ever. Laughed my ass off.

1752 days ago
35.

Prince Von A-Hole    

If he had shot some one else he would have gotten 6 months probation

1752 days ago
36.

TEAMBRANCA    

chris brown was also facing felony charges
should have gone to jail too

1752 days ago
37.

billie jean    

Even T.I doing less time then this dude!

1752 days ago
38.

Gen    

Common sense has taught this man nothing... why in the hell would you carry an unlicensed gun. The rules are simple and just becasue he is a great athlete doesn't give him to right to walk around with one. He's lucky that he didn't get 10 years.

1752 days ago
39.

Mike Franklin    

Two years for possession of a firearm... the right to which is supposedly guaranteed by the US Constitution, with no intent to commit a crime?

We live in a police state.

1752 days ago
40.

rob    

wow!! One can say that he truely, "shot himself in the leg".

1752 days ago
41.

Kooky Fan    

4. STOP DEFENDING HIM SAYING 2 YEARS FOR SHOOTING HIMSELF - HEREs THE DETAILS:


The bullet narrowly missed a nightclub security guard who was standing inches away, prosecutors said. It lodged in the floor and was recovered by a bartender.

The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived. His license to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Florida had expired in May 2008.


1752 days ago
42.

Billy    

Here's an idea... don't carry a gun around you piece of trash

1752 days ago
43.

wonderbred    

yes he shot his OWN self.. but...what if someone else was in the wrong place and he aimed from his "pocket" a little higher? we could have had an accidental shooting of some innocent bystander in the club.. its just irresponsible!!period! a weapon... in a club!! stupid accident waitin to happen to anyone in there that night... dumb a**

1752 days ago
44.

MizzB    

Plaxico gets two years for shooting himself while Donte Stallworth got 30 days in jail and some house arrest time for driving under the influence and killing someone.

1752 days ago
45.

John    

one more wasted talent... when are these sports guys going to learn. They get a little cash and there name on there back and think they are god. Sad thing is if he was a good person he could have gone and got a permit to carry. People like him can get them easy compared to all of us.

Law is law and glad he couldn't buy his way out. New York says no to guns and well he had a gun. He has the money to buy a real body guard or get a permit but chose to be gangsta about it and stupid ass shot himself because he was a moron.

1752 days ago
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