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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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46.

Jill    

The argument shouldn't be if he should be punished, but does the punishment fit the crime. Is 2 years unfair for shooting yourself, possibly harming others and carrying gun without license? Chris Brown "could have" beaten girlfriend to death, but his punishment is picking up trash. The other football player killed a woman while driving drunk and I think got 30 days. Dr. Murray "killed" MJ and has not been arrested.

1667 days ago
47.

CRAZY IS AS CRAZY DOES    

WHO CARES ABOUT THIS THUG, AND HIS WANNA BE THUGGISH LIFESTYLE. THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE WITH HIM BEHIND BARS!

1667 days ago
48.

meme    

How is this for justice? This is beyond stupid, what about all the other celebs that are killing innocent people with their cars and they walk away with not so much as a day served, hell was there not one that didn't even miss a game.... This is a gross miscarriage of justice!!

1667 days ago
49.

Kev    

Don't do the crime if you cant do the time. So much for thug life. Always thought Plax was a stupid thug and here he goes and proves it. Before you all start harping on me how I'm full of crap, remember this, I don't give a crap what you thing.

1667 days ago
50.

Heene    

The idiot could have just as easily shot someone else, this rich a-hole doesn't need a gun or need to be in a place where he would need one. An idiot with money now sitting in jail, he should get more time than 2 years for being such a stupid person.

1667 days ago
51.

Pat    

So a man can punch a woman in the face etc and end up roadside gardening OR he can shoot himself with an unregistered weapon and go to jail. Where is the justice here? Time for the courts to get their priorities straight and start taking crimes against women more seriously.

1667 days ago
52.

doctorme    

I highly doubt Tom Brady or Tony Romo would have been given jail time for a similar incident.

Just don't see it happening.

Plaxico got screwed..definitely.

1667 days ago
53.

Denise    

I think he is lucky the average person would have gotten more time. These guys are stupid - they are privileged to play in the NFL and make huge sums of money. I don't feel sorry for him at all!!!! I think to all the young boys who have dreams of going into the NFL and they see their behavior what message is this sending to those young players. good luck in prison and maybe once your out maybe you will once again get the chance to play in the National Felons League!

1667 days ago
54.

Andi    

He gets 2 years? Shooting himself in the leg is punishment enough!!! Oh but another idiot who beats the crap out of his girlfriend gets to make the freeways prettier, hire his OWN security guards and wave and pose for pictures??? CB got the same punishment as Naomi C. and all she did was throw a phone and somebody... it all seems a little screwy to me...

1667 days ago
55.

bert    

2 years for illegally owning an unlicensed firearm, illegally possessing a concealed firearm in the state of new york, big trouble if caught illegally carrying an unlicensed firearm....did not get two years for shooting himself.....

1667 days ago
56.

Tiffani    

Compared to Chris BROWN... YES this guy got screwed....

1667 days ago
57.

nightcrawler    

The dumb jock should have had a permit. The true problem is that a$$hole Bloomburg. He's a sawed off Hitler!

1667 days ago
58.

Julie    

yes he was wrong for the gun, but there was a guy that killed someone else while drunk driving he's famous and he got 18 months but plax almost shoots his junk off and he is going to do six more months where is the justice

1667 days ago
59.

Zach Swan    

Here's the problem: for an entire segment of the US it's "cool" to roll with a gun. As long as that's the case, the rest of us are in danger. You wanna play the thug, pay the time when you get busted. Too bad. So sad. Kiss goodbye to 2 potentially high earning seasons at minimum. Oops - when you get out your only real career opportunity is gonna be selling dope. Maybe you're gonna REALLY need that gun after all.

1667 days ago
60.

YLG    

I don't feel sorry for him. He could have easily killed someone that night. Maybe he can use these two years to think about how he screwed up and how to change. Chris Brown needed this sentence too. You shouldn't get a slap on the wrist just because you are a celebrity idiot.

1667 days ago
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