Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau will stand against former Giant Plaxico Burress' request to take part in a work release program that would allow him to spend several nights a week at home, the Daily News reports.
Just two months into his two-year sentence for gun possession charges after he shot himself in the thigh in a Manhattan nightclub, Burress asked to participate in a furlough program that would allow him to leave the Oneida Correctional Facility to work a pre-approved job from outside. If accepted, he could still be required to return to prison for several days each week. The Department of Corrections is expected to rule on his request next month.
Meanwhile, Burress' former Giants teammates shared their sadness about his incarceration with the Post. Giants co-owner John Mara called the wide receiver a "great player," while quarterback Eli Manning said: "No one wanted this or wanted this to happen. It's just a shame that it did." Unfortunately, linebacker Antonio Pierce — who was with Burress when he shot himself — "was not made available for comment," according to the tabloid.