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Plaxico Burress Starts 2-Year State Prison Term For Illegal Gun Possession

Former Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress before judge Michael Melkonian for his sentencing at Manhattan criminal court, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, in New York. At right is Burress's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman. Steven Hirsch/AP Photo hide caption

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Former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress and Super Bowl XLII hero was officially sentenced today to two years in prison and was immediately taken into custody to begin serving his time after a conviction related to his illegally carrying a firearm into a nightclub last November.

The self-same firearm accidentally discharged at the nightclub with the round passing through Burress' thigh then ricocheting off the floor near the night club's guard.

Burress was sentenced by a New York state trial judge who included two year's probation following his release.

The former NFL star (and perhaps future one if he follows Michael Vick's trajectory) agreed in August with prosecutors to a two year term and pled guilty to the charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

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