Plaxico Looking to Work His Way Out of Jail

Monday, Dec 7, 2009  |  Updated 7:09 AM PDT
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Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress is serving a two-year sentence for carrying an illiegal handgun in a Manhattan nightclub. The NFL star accidentally shot himself in the leg after storing the weapon in the elastic band of his sweatpants.

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Plaxico Burress is looking for a get-out-of-jail card.

New York Correction Department spokeswoman Linda Foglia says a decision is expected next month on Burress' work furlough application.

The New York Post says that could free the former Giants' Super Bowl hero for face-to-face negotiations while looking for a new team. The NFL is lifting his suspension when his sentence is done. A furlough also could let him spend time with his family.

Burress was at Manhattan nightclub Latin Quarter in November 2008, just nine months after winning the Championship, when a gun slipped out of his waistband and fired, wounding his thigh.

His two-year sentence started in September; it could be 20 months with time off for good behavior.

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