Plaxico Burress Indicted on Gun Charges – Teammate off the hook

August 3, 2009

New York (ChattahBox) — A grand jury voted Monday to indict NFL star Plaxico Burress on charges stemming from when the former New York Giants wide receiver accidentally shot himself in the leg with an unregistered gun at a New York nightclub on Nov. 28. Burress, 31, appeared before the grand jury on July 29 to ask for compassion after admitting his mistakes, according to his lawyer.

However his Hail Mary pass failed to connect and he was charged today with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of reckless endangerment in the second degree. Burress’s lawyer, has claimed the gun was a lawfully purchased weapon and that Burress had a pistol permit in another state.

A series of efforts to hide the injury and crime of carrying the unlicensed concealed weapon allegedly characterized the hours after the gunshot. First, employees at Latin Quarter allegedly didn’t report the incident to police, and rushed Burress out of the club. He allegedly took the gun with him and spent roughly 90 minutes calling hospitals to see where he could be treated discreetly, after which he went to New York–Cornell Hospital and checked in under a false name, even though hospital workers recognized him. Burress told administrators in the emergency room that his name was Harris Smith and that he was shot at Applebee’s, which was apparently believable enough for them to decide not to report the gunshot wound as required by law.

The grand jury returned no charges against linebacker Antonio Pierce, Burress’s former teammate who was with him on the night the wide receiver shot himself. Authorities said Pierce drove Burress to the hospital and removed the handgun from the scene and took it to Burress’s home in New Jersey. Pierce is one of 22 witnesses who testified before the grand jury.

Burress, a star player with a history of trouble both on and off the field, faces a stiff 3-1/2 to 15 years in prison if convicted of the weapon possession charges-and up to one year in jail if convicted of the reckless endangerment charge, according to the announcement.  His trial is scheduled for Sept. 23, although it is very possible that a plea deal could be worked out prior to that date.

Some information in this report came from SI.com


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