x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Burress released on bail

The New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was charged yesterday with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

The New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was charged yesterday with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Bail was set at US$100,000 (Dh367,300) for Burress, who suffered an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Manhattan nightclub on Friday night. Burress was charged with second- degree criminal possession of a weapon - a Glock semiautomatic pistol - and third- degree possession for carrying the ammunition clip.

Both are Class C felonies, for which Burress could be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of three-and-a-half years in jail if convicted. Burress was not required to enter a plea at the hearing, although defence attorney Benjamin Brafman had said his client would plead not guilty. "Our objective for the last 24 hours was to get him through the system, and we did that," Brafman said. Bail initially was set at US$250,000, but Brafman argued for Burress to be freed without bail, arguing his client was not a flight risk.

* PA Sport