I've gotta tell ya, not being a US citizen, I might not understand the culture that well. I have to ask you Americans: is it popular there to bring your gun to a nightclub? If it is, I'm surprised that when an accident like that happens, it creates such a fuss.
The situation being what it is, I do however think that the sentence is too long. Nothing happened, thank god, so I believe it's just one of those "let's show the kids that you being a NFL-receiver doesn't make it ok to shoot guns in night clubs"-kind of thing, setting an example.
Shooting the gun wasn't the crime.
In NYC it's illegal to carry an unliscensed gun and the minimum sentence for the offense is 3 1/2 years... it was a big part of NYC's crack down on violent crime in the late 90s I believe.
So no, not only is it not popular to carry a gun into a night club, it's illegal.
Burress got off light cause the DA cut him a plea deal to a lesser charge, we wouldn't have been so lucky.
I just want to add, that he didn't get any special treatment.
He got the same that anyone would have got.
It is the minimum allowed by the letter of the law in a plea.
That was the lawyers gripe about this, there was no wiggle room for the circumstances.
I just don't want people to see 3.5 years and then start griping about how he was treated special in this case.
He broke the law that was written.
He cooperated with the law.
He was punished by going to real persons prison.
This isn't counrty club prison, this is real prison.
The lawyer made a point that if he wasn't famous, the self inflicted gun shot wound wouldn't have been pursued by police.
That may or may not be true.
If I remember right, the doctor was going to overlook it.
It was the media that pursued it and the police then followed right behind.
Anyone able to verify my story.
I am just going by what I remember hearing.
I know the Doc got in trouble.