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Super Bowl hero Burress sentenced

By AFP

Plaxico Burress, the former New York Giants receiver who was a hero in last year's Super Bowl, pleaded guilty on a felony weapons charge on Thursday and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Burress had faced indictments on two counts of criminal weapons possession and another for reckless endangerment in connection with an incident that could put him behind bars for three-and-a-half years but made a plea deal with prosecutors.

Instead, with reduced time for good behavoir, Burress could be free in as little as 20 months,

The charges stem from a Manhattan nightclub incident last November in which Burress shot himself in the thigh with a gun. His permit to carry the weapon had expired.

Burress pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal weapons possession and agreed to the two-year sentence with two years of supervision upon release.

Talks had earlier broken down on a plea deal over the length of prison term to be served, but after a grand jury indicted Burress two weeks ago, the final outcome resembled more of what prosecutors had hoped.

The New York Giants, who won the Super Bowl over New England last year when Burress caught the winning touchdown toss in the closing seconds, released the speedy receiver in April.

Burress departed the court room without speaking to reporters but his attorney said his client hopes to resume his NFL career upon release.

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