Monday, August 3, 2009

Ex-New York Giants star Plaxico Burress indicted on three charges; Antonio Pierce off the hook

From the Daily News by Melissa Grace and Corky Siemaszko:

Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress was indicted on gun charges Monday that could put him in jail for at least 3 1/2 years.

A Manhattan grand jury indicted Burress on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment.

He faces 3 1/2 years to 15 years in prison if he is convicted on a weapons count. He remains free on $100,000 bail.

The jurors did not buy Burress' claim that he did not mean to commit a felony when he fumbled his illegal .40-caliber Glock inside a crowded nightclub - and shot himself in the thigh.

Nor were they moved by Burress' public apology, which came after he testified for three hours about the November 2008 shooting that derailed his stint with the Giants and ended the team's hopes of a Super Bowl repeat.

Teammate Antonio Pierce, who was with Burress the night of the shooting was not indicted. Prosecutors said he played a part in hiding the weapon.

Mayor Bloomberg and Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau have called for Burress to serve serious jail time if he's convicted.

Burress, 31, caught the game winning touchdown when the Giants upset the New England Patriots in 2008.

Big Blue dumped Burress after the shooting inside the crowded Latin Quarter, costing him a $35 million contract extension.

Pierce, told the grand jury that he helped the bleeding wide receiver and later reportedly returned the gun back to Burress' home in Totowa, N.J.

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