Monday, June 6th 2011, Plaxico Burress will be released from jail. The former New York Giants wide receiver was sentenced to 2 years in prison after accepting a plea deal in August 2009. Part of that plea deal involves Burress participating in an additional 2 years of supervised release once he leaves prison.
Plaxico Burress was convicted of ATT CRIM POSS WEAP 2ND Class D, which carries a maximum sentence of 3.5 years. Burress served 21 months of his 2 year sentence. Class D felonies by law receive 2-3 years of supervised released. As stated above, Plaxico was given 2 years of supervised release. According to the New York State Department of Correction Services, Plaxico had his parole hearing in April that determined his official release date.
What can Plaxico Burress expect while on supervised released? He can definitely expect a drug test within the first 15 days of being released. With at least 2 more drug tests during his time of supervised released. Generally it is required to submit a monthly supervision report within the first 5 days of the month to the U.S. Probation office, though not required in all cases. Also not required, but typical is the prohibition of possessing a firearm during his term of probation.
While Plaxico Burress has a lot of unknown still to come from the U.S. Courts, it’s the unknown from the NFL that could affect him the most. When/If this NFL season gets started Plaxico Burress will be a 34 year old wide receiver who hasn’t played a down of football in nearly 3 years. His last caught pass was November 16th, 2008. Sure, he’ll probably get a look, but teams won’t be banging down his door.