Former New York Giants Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress to Leave Prison Early

Plaxico Burress, the former New York Giants wide receiver who was sentenced to prison after he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub, will be released June 6, said Benjamin Brafman, his attorney.

Burress, 33, was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty Aug. 20, 2009, to a state charge of attempted possession of a weapon. He will be released three months early for good behavior from the medium-security Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, New York, and then be under two years’ supervision.

“That is the date set for his release,” Brafman, a partner in the New York firm of Brafman & Associates PC, said in an e-mail.

Upon his release date, Burress will be eligible to return to the National Football League, Commissioner Roger Goodell said when he suspended the player after his guilty plea.

Burress carried a Glock semiautomatic pistol in the waistband of his jeans and shot himself Nov. 28, 2008, in the Latin Quarter club in Manhattan. The bullet went through his leg, just missing a security guard, prosecutors said.

The wide receiver was dropped by the Giants on April 3, 2009, seven months after he signed a five-year, $35 million extension. He led the Giants with 70 catches for 1,025 yards during the 2007-08 season, playing most games with an ankle injury.

Burress ended that season by catching a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning in the final 35 seconds of the Super Bowl to give the Giants a 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots on Feb. 3, 2008.

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