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Felony Gun Charges For Plaxico Burress

Jail possible for NFL star after self-shooting incident at NYC club

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Felony Gun Charges For Plaxico Burress

DECEMBER 1--Here is the felony criminal complaint filed today against football star Plaxico Burress, who shot himself in the leg early Saturday at a New York nightspot.

The New York Giants wide receiver, charged with criminal possession of a weapon, appeared briefly this afternoon in Manhattan Criminal Court, where a judge set bail at $100,000. Burress, 31, was injured when his weapon--which was tucked into his waistband--somehow discharged inside the Latin Quarter nightclub, where he had gone to party with teammates.

Following the shooting, Burress declined to call police, opting instead for treatment at a Manhattan hospital, where he reportedly used an alias and claimed that the accidental shooting occurred at an Applebee's.

If convicted of the two-count weapons rap, Burress could face several years in prison. (2 pages)