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Plaxico Burress Indicted on Weapons Charge

Plaxico Burress Indicted on Weapons Charge

Published August 3, 2009

NEW YORK – Former New York Giants football star Plaxico Burress was indicted by a grand jury on weapons charges after shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan night club last winter, prosecutors announced Monday.

The indictment charged the 31-year-old Mr. Burress with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said.

Mr. Burress's former teammate, Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, wasn't indicted for his role in the incident.

"A grand jury applied the law to the facts of this case," Mr. Morgenthau said.

No one else is likely to face charges in the case, Mr. Morgenthau said. He said some of the others involved in the incident "showed first-degree bad judgment," but their actions didn't rise to the level of a crime.

Mr. Burress was at the Latin Quarter nightclub Nov. 29 when he shot himself in the thigh after a gun tucked in the waist of his track pants slipped down his leg and fired. Authorities say Mr. Pierce, who was with Mr. Burress at the club, drove his then-teammate to the hospital and took the gun to Mr. Burress's home in Totowa, N.J.

The gun wasn't licensed. No one called police to report the gunshot wound, as required by law: not the players, nor National Football League officials, nor the hospital where Mr. Burress was treated.

Both Messrs. Burress and Pierce testified before the grand jury last week. Mr. Burress told reporters then that he was sorry for his actions.

"I was truthful, I was honest, and I'm truly remorseful for what I've done and for what happened," Mr. Burress said.

He faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison. He pleaded not guilty to weapons charges earlier this year and is free on $100,000 bail.

Mr. Burress, who caught the winning touchdown for the Giants over the New England Patriots in the final minute of the 2008 Super Bowl, also could face disciplinary action by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell under the league's personal-conduct policy. Mr. Goodell's office announced in June that the league already had started its examination of the shooting.

The Giants released Mr. Burress in April and he has yet to sign with another team.

Copyright © 2009 Associated Press

Written by Associated Press <BR>

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