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Ex-New York Giant Plaxico Burress Sentenced to Two Years in Jail

25/9/2009
Former Super Bowl champion and New York Giant Plaxico Burress has been sentenced to two years in jail after being found guilty of a weapon charge levelled at him last November.

When the incident took place last year, Burress had been attending a New York nightclub with a gun tucked into his waistband. At one point, however, the gun slipped down his leg and went off as he tried to grab it, wounding him in the thigh.

Burress was taken to hospital by a team-mate, where it was discovered that he did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in New York and, despite the hospital and his team’s failure to notify police of the event, he was soon facing a weapon charge.

New York Mayor Bloomberg soon got hold of the incident and, in a show of power quite unbecoming for a Mayor, he pressed for the court to come down hard on Burress for bringing a loaded handgun into a city where the gun laws are especially stringent.

Bloomberg argued that to show Burress celebrity treatment would be “a sham and a mockery of the law” and the courts ultimately convicted the football player of two counts of weapons possession and one count of reckless endangerment at his hearing.

The sentence has split public opinion, with sports fans and gun advocates arguing that the incident was an accident rather than a crime and was, at any rate, victimless. Those in favour of the verdict, however, believe that anyone stupid enough to take a loaded weapon into a nightclub for no apparent reason deserve everything they get.

At any rate, Burress will now face a minimum sentence of 20 months imprisonment, leaving behind his pregnant wife and young children.
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