NY Giants wide receiver, Plaxico Burress, surrendered to authorities yesterday (Dec. 1) in connection with the self inflicted gun shot wound he suffered on Friday at the Latin Quarter nightclub in New York.
The Super Bowl XLII hero, who does not have a permit to carry a firearm in New York, was arraigned on two counts of criminal possession of a handgun in the second degree, which carries a mandatory sentence of 3 1⁄2 to 15 years in state prison for each count. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Mennin granted bail at $100,000, which Burress promptly paid. His next court appearance will be on March 31, 2009.
Detectives recovered the .40-caliber Glock pistol at the center of the accidental shooting at Burress’ Totowa, N.J. home and are now looking into whether fellow Giant Antonio Pierce, who was at the club with Burress, might have tried to hinder a police investigation by leaving the nightclub with the gun before cops arrived.
Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed New York Presbyterian Hospital for not reporting the incident to police. In fact, police weren’t made aware of the situation until news reports of the shooting surfaced. The mayor has called on hospital officials to fire staffers who kept quiet. By state law all hospitals must notify the police when a gunshot victim is admitted.