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Plaxico Burress Yeah, I Pled Guilty ... But I Won't Do Jail Time

12/7/2015 4:07 PM PST

Plaxico Burress: Yeah, I Pled Guilty ... But I Won't Do Jail Time

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Plaxico Burress pled guilty to tax evasion in New Jersey Monday -- but will NOT spend one second behind bars ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, officials in Mercer County, NJ charged the ex-NFL star with two tax crimes for failing to pay $48k in state taxes ... each count carried a maximum 5 year prison sentence under NJ's new ultra-strict tax laws. 

But Plax's rep tells TMZ Sports ... Burress struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty and in exchange he'll serve no jail time. 

Instead, Plaxico will do community service and pay penalties -- in addition to repaying the money he initially owed. In fact, we're told Plax has already paid off his financial debt. 

Burress' rep tells us the whole thing was a giant misunderstanding -- explaining Plax screwed up when initially tried to pay his taxes online.

"He messed up. He knew he messed up. Everyone cooperated, and Plaxico paid the fine," Plax's rep says.

"From his past he knows you can't mess with the government. He was more than happy to cooperate." 

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