Teammate to Testify Against Plax

Giants linebacker Pierce hid gun, seeks to avoid charges
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2008 10:06 AM CST
Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, left, leaves a New York courthouse with lawyer Benjamin Brafman on Monday.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce will testify against teammate Plaxico Burress in order to avoid being charged himself, the New York Post reports. Pierce’s testimony should guarantee Burress is indicted for felony weapons possession. The receiver has been suspended for the rest of the season, and faces 3½ years in prison on the illegal handgun charge.

Along with Burress’ wife, Tiffany, Pierce attempted to hide the gun after his teammate accidentally shot himself Saturday night. Meanwhile, multiple people connected to the Giants were aware of the situation as it unfolded, according to a complicated timeline released by a spokesman. Still to be uncovered is who gave the hospital an alias for Burress, who denies doing so himself.