Plaxico Burress Begins Jail Sentence

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September 22, 2009

Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress began serving his sentence for violating New York?s gun possession laws on Tuesday, after a brief courthouse hearing in which he apologized to his family and was solemnly taken into custody.

?We will all get through this,? Burress said.

Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau — a 90-year-old hard-liner who has held the position since 1975 — pushed for and was able to secure a harsh two-year prison term in a plea deal for Burress, who shot himself in the thigh at a nightclub in November of last year. Had Burress been convicted for carrying an unlicensed weapon and reckless endangerment at trial, he would have faced a 3 1/2-year sentence.

The 32-year-old Burress is expected to spend 20 months in a medium-security prison, before being released on credit of good behavior and then serving two years of probation.

He hopes to return to football once he?s a free man, but by then, he?ll be 34, and it?s unclear if he?ll be reinstated to the NFL, or if any team will take a gamble on him the way the Eagles did on Michael Vick.

Burress? defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, called his client a ?fundamentally good man who has used bad judgment and is going to pay a very, very severe penalty.?

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