Grand Jury Rules on Plaxico Burress

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The grand jury has made their decision and NFL players Plaxico Burress and Antonio Pierce, they’ve received very different decisions. The grand jury has indeed indicted Plaxico on felony gun charges. While that same grand jury has ruled Antonio Pierce will not be indictment on charges for his involvement. Plaxico’s decision coming within minutes.

“At the time the defendant shot himself, he was not licensed to carry … that pistol in either New York or New Jersey, where he had a home,” Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau said in a statement.

Here are the official charges. He’s been indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, class C violent felonies. He also was indicted on a reckless endangerment charge in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. My thinking is the misdemeanor charge was added that way there is a lower charge he can plea down too.

Burress is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 3.5 years for possession of a loaded and unlicensed firearm after shooting himself in the leg. There are ways he can serve less thou. Those would be a plea bargain or a compassionate judge who feels the sentence would be too long.

So Burress will be serving jail time, that’s without a doubt. A trial could happen in February or March, so does commissioner Roger Goodell allow him to play football this season? When it came to Michael Vick, Roger suspended him indefinitely while the legal process ran its course. Will he do the same with Plax?

If he doesn’t will any team sign him? Will any team want that season long distraction? I doubt it and I think Plax joins Vick in football purgatory. His best bet might be to sign with the UFL to stay in shape.

Now to Antonio Pierce. While Burress brought the gun and shot himself, Pierce did take the weapon with him back to New Jersey. So yes, technically he was also in possession of a loaded and unlicensed firearm. The DA’s office was most likely looking at him for possible charges to show how serious they are about guns.

For the New York Giants, this is just perfect. A loss of Pierce would of been absolutely crippling to their defense. Pierce is the leader and the one true veteran amongst the linebackers. It also helps minimize the distractions that would of surrounded the team throughout the season.

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  1. Derick castillo says:

    This Is really stupid!!! Plaxico gets 2yrs for shootin shooting himself on accident! And Dante stallworth gets 30 days in jail, serves 28 days or whatever it is, after killing a human being!!!! My heart goes out to the reyes family! I think they are taking this way too far! Just like mike vick, sendin him to prison for dog fighting and pretty much givin stallworth a slap on the hand for murdering mario reyes! This is STUPID!!! Sorry, but dogs are not as important as humans! They are just dogs, animals, that’s it! People please take a look at what’s been goin on! Please!! Wake the $&@! UP!!!!!!!

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