Plaxico Burris Indicted on Gun Charges

Plaxico Burress leaves Manhattan Criminal Court after testifying to a Grand Jury, Wednesday, July 29, 2009 in New York. Burress says he told the truth before the grand jury that's investigating a weapon charge against him. Burress also told reporters outside the courthouse where he testified Wednesday that "I'm truly remorseful for what I've done." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Last Updated 2:48 p.m. ET.

Former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress was indicted by a grand jury on weapons charges after shooting himself in the thigh at a Manhattan night club last winter, prosecutors announced Monday.

The indictment charged the 31-year-old Burress with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said.

Burress' former teammate, Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, was not indicted for his role in the incident.

"A grand jury applied the law to the facts of this case," Morgenthau said.

No one else is likely to face charges in the case, Morgenthau said. He said some of the others involved in the incident "showed first-degree bad judgement," but their actions didn't rise to the level of a crime.

Burress was at the Latin Quarter nightclub Nov. 29 when he shot himself in the thigh after a gun tucked in the waist of his track pants slipped down his leg and fired. Authorities say Pierce, who was with Burress at the club, drove his then-teammate to the hospital and took the gun to Burress' home in Totowa, N.J.

The gun was not licensed. No one called police to report the gunshot wound, as required by law - not the players, nor NFL officials, nor the hospital where Burress was treated.

Both Burress and Pierce testified before the grand jury last week. Burress told reporters then that he was sorry for his actions.

"I was truthful, I was honest, and I'm truly remorseful for what I've done and for what happened," Burress said.

CBS Station WCBS reports that Burress faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison.

He pleaded not guilty to weapons charges earlier this year and is free on $100,000 bail.

Burress also could face disciplinary action by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell under the league's personal conduct policy. Goodell's office announced in June that the league already had started its examination of the shooting.

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The 6-foot-5 receiver from Michigan State played five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being signed by the New York Giants in March 2005.

Burress, who caught the winning touchdown in the Giants' Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in 2008 (left), was released from the team in April. His legal problems have kept NFL teams from going after the talented receiver.

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