In a surprise twist to an otherwise boring legal hearing, Plaxico Burress plead guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and has accepted a two-year prison term, plus two more years of "supervised release."
Earlier today, it was believed he would plead "not guilty" during his arraignment hearing and thus drag the legal proceedings at least into next year. But since there was pretty much no way to convince a jury that he did not shoot himself in the leg with an illegal hand gun, he really had no choice but to cooperate and cut the best deal he could. A conviction would have meant a mandatory 3 1/2-year sentence under New York law, and as many as 15 years when combined with other charges.
More updates as we get them....
Plaxico Burress Pleads Guilty, Agrees to 2 Year Prison Term [1010 Wins]
PLAXICO BURRESS PLEADS GUILTY [New York Post]