Burress Indicted, Faces 15 Years

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2009 1:48 PM CDT
Plaxico Burress at court last week.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was indicted on gun charges today in New York, where he accidentally shot himself in the leg with an unlicensed handgun in November, the Post reports. Burress is charged with two felony counts of criminal possession and one count of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. If convicted, Burress, 31, could face 15 years in prison.

“At the time the defendant shot himself, he was not licensed to carry,” Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau says. “We conducted a thorough investigation and then presented the evidence to the grand jury.” Burress’ Glock pistol memorably discharged when it fell from his sweatpants in the lobby of a nightclub. “I’m truly remorseful for what I’ve done, for what happened,” he told grand jury last week.