NEW YORK -- Facing the prospect of spending at least 3½ years behind bars, one-time Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress on Thursday accepted a plea bargain with a two-year prison sentence for a firearm charge.
Burress was indicted earlier this month on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment. He faced a minimum sentence of 3½ years if convicted at trial.
Let us not forget that Burress agreed to go to prison for 2 years. He was not convicted in a trial. He and his attorney must have thought it was going to be worse if it went to trial. The law is there. 3½ years is the law for getting caught as he did. That law applies to all people in NYC. Can anyone present other recent NYC cases like this where the defendant was pursued much easier by the DAs in NYC? Obviously his attorney didn't have many.
Deciding to do what he did can cause a death. Reckless. Not trained and not permitted to CCW. It is not a 2nd Amendment thing or politics, I am sure most NRA types would agree he should be punished, it is about recklessness and behaving in a manner that can cause an innocent person to die. Could be you that dies, could be your loved ones that die, could be your friends that die. I want all people, famous or not, to be punished with jail who do this. This country has a gun/violence/death problem (compare to other nations). Most are because of people who are carrying for the wrong reason. Plaxico was carrying for the wrong reason. Need a gun when out, then stay home or find a safer area to hang. It is unacceptable.
A dumb mistake that I am sure he'd do differently. But he did it. A bullet flew out of gun that was illegally possessed in a public place. Go to stop it. Punish all who do this. Want to carry? Then do it legally. Get the required training, get the gun permit and get authorized to carry. Don't do it that way and face three felonies that carry jail time. I like the law. I am not against guns, but I am against dummies who discharge their unlawful gun in public (accidental or not).