Plaxico Burress has pled guilty to weapons charge, agrees to 2 year prison term, for shooting himself. Had Burress pled not guilty and went to trial, he would have faced a minimum 3.5 years in prison if convicted.
The deal also reportedly calls for 2 years of post-release supervision. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 22nd.
I know Michael Bloomberg is trying to make a name for himself, but this sentence seems excessive to me, kill a person with your car? 24 days in jail. Shoot yourself? 2 years in jail. Someone please explain that to me. Plaxico also had a clean record before this incident. Vick had marijuana possession and had been a trouble maker since college. This is one of the fewÂ occasionsÂ where being an athlete actually hurt Burress and his case.
Hopefully other athletes will learn from Plaxico Burress, but unfortunately I don’t think that will be the case.