As expected, Plaxico Burress was sentenced in Manhattan Supreme Court this morning to two years in prison. Burress, who teared up at the sentencing, was accompanied in the courtroom by his pregnant wife, son, father, stepmother, and grandmother. The former Giants wide receiver pleaded guilty in August to a reduced count of criminal possession of a weapon (as opposed to a more serious charge of clumsily shooting oneself in the thigh), and he'll now sluggo-route his way to Rikers Island, where he'll begin serving his term immediately. (From there, it'll be on to Downstate Correctional for evaluation, and, eventually, according to ESPN, one of the New York State Department of Corrections' 29 medium-security prisons.) Burress's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, called it "a tragic day for a decent man." It's just a hunch that, unlike some athletes, Plaxico will not be endorsing Mayor Bloomberg anytime soon.
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