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O.J. Simpson Sentenced to Serve At Least Nine Years in Prison

December 05, 2008 05:45 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
O.J. Simpson is set to spend a significant amount of time behind bars for leading an armed confrontation in a hotel room over sports memorabilia.

Judge hands down lengthy sentence

Las Vegas Judge Jackie Glass handed down the sentence on Friday. Simpson could serve up to 33 years, but will be eligible for parole in 2017.

“Earlier in this case, at a bail hearing, I said to Mr. Simpson I didn’t know if he was arrogant, ignorant or both,” Glass said before giving the sentence, reports CNN. “During the trial and through this proceeding I got the answer, and it was both.”
On October 3, Simpson was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and assault for leading a group of armed men into a room at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in order to take sports memorabilia from dealers Bruce Fomong and Al Beardsley.

During the sentencing, Glass emphasized that it was not “payback for anything else,” referring to Simpson’s acquittal 13 years ago in the murder cases of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. Brown and Goldman were stabbed to death outside of Brown’s Brentwood home on June 12, 1994, and Simpson’s trial began in 1995.

But defense attorneys argue that a fair trial for the notorious Simpson was not possible and say they will appeal the decision.

Simpson issued an emotional apology and said that the incident was an attempt to recover stolen property, including a wedding ring for his daughter and family photos for his son, and that he didn’t intend to hurt others. “Your honor, I stand before you today sorry. Somewhat confused. I feel like apologetic to the people of the state of Nevada,” he said, according to a transcript of his statement before sentencing, published by the Boston Herald.

Chicago Sun-Times sports editor Roman Modrowski comments in his column Full Court Press that despite the raw emotions the Simpson trial inspired many years ago, the recent verdict left him numb. “Went down memory lane with O.J. Simpson today, and I was surprised at how devoid of emotions I was when he was sentenced to at least 15 years for kidnapping.”

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