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Former New York Giants’ Plaxico Burress to Leave Prison Early

March 6 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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