Monday, August 3, 2009

Plaxico Burress will be indicted on felony gun possession charges

ESPN is reporting that former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will be indicted in connection with his self-inflicted gunshot wound. This means Burress will likely face a trial despite his attempts to avoid that by reaching a plea deal.

Burress was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of reckless endangerment. The possession charges each carry a minimum sentence of three and a half years.

The proceedings will likely begin in February, leaving a window open for the free agent Burress to play in the NFL this season. That is, if the NFL doesn't suspend Burress before the season begins.

The argument has been made that another suspension of Burress would be too harsh since he was suspended by the Giants last season. But commissioner Roger Goodell could rule that the four game ban Burress served was not punishment enough since he could not have played in those games anyway due to the injuries he suffered from shooting himself.

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