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O.J. Simpson Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

By December 5, 2008

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Former NFL running back, movie star and television commercial spokesman O.J. Simpson was sentenced to 16 years in prison today for the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino motel room. His co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart was given basically the same sentence by Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass.

At age 61, Simpson would be eligible for parole after nine years.

On Oct. 3, 2008, exactly 13 years after he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, Simpson and Stewart were found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping by a Las Vegas jury which deliberated for about 13 hours.

O.J. Simpson Addresses the Court

Simpson addressed the court before sentencing telling Judge Glass that, "I didn't mean to hurt anyone. I didn't want to steal anything from anybody. I just wanted my personal things back. I didn't know I was doing anything illegal."

Originally, Simpson was not planning to make a statement to the court. Some observers believed Judge Glass was set to impose a stiffer penalty upon Simpson than for Stewart, but changed her mind after he expressed remorse.

In pre-sentencing reports the prosecution asked Judge Glass, known as a tough sentencing judge, to give the pair 18 years in prison, while defense attorneys asked for the minimum of six years. Attorneys for both defendants asked the court to show mercy. Under Nevada law, prison terms are mandatory for kidnapping and armed robbery.

'Arrogant, Ignorance or Both?

The big question was whether Judge Glass was going to make the sentences concurrent or consecutive. She made most of the sentences concurrent, meaning that they will run at the same time.

However, the longest sentence of 15 years fixed with parole eligibility after five years was posed consecutively with a 12-to-72 month sentence enhancement for using a deadly weapon, meaning his minimum sentence is 16 years. See Sentencing Details.

According to Judge Glass' clerk, under the terms of his sentence he will not be eligible for parole for nine years.

Judge Glass opened her statement to the defendants by saying, "At the bail hearing in this case I made the statement that I didn't know if Mr. Simpson was arrogant, ignorant or both. During the course of this trial, I got the answer. It was both."

"I have to tell you now, it was much more than stupidity," Glass told Simpson. "It really doesn't matter, you went to the room, you took guns... you used force, you took property. That's robbery with a deadly weapon."

Defense Motions Denied

Judge Jackie Glass denied motions from defense attorneys to release Simpson and Stewart on bail while they appeal. She also turned down their request for extended time to file a motion for a new trial. Under Nevada law motions for a new trial must be filed within seven days.

Later, Judge Glass denied the defense motion for a new trial ruling that the issues raised did not meet the standards under Nevada law for a new trial.

Long Legal Saga

Today's sentencing brought to a close a long legal saga for Simpson that began in June 1994 with his arrest for the murders of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. Although Simpson was found not guilty on October 3, 1995, in what many observers conclude was a gross miscarriage of justice, he was found liable for their deaths in a 1997 civil trial.

Since the $19.7 million judgment against him in the civil trial, Simpson and his assets have been relentlessly pursued by Ron Goldman's family. Fred Goldman, Ron's father, has repeatedly gone to court to seize Simpson's assets, included the rights to a book Simpson wrote about the murder case called, "If I Did It."

Seeking His Own Punishment?

Some pundits believe that the bizarre incident in Las Vegas, in which Simpson and several men stormed into a hotel room with guns drawn to reclaim Simpson's "stuff," was an attempt by the former football star to bring justice on himself.

What do you think? Has O.J. finally received the justice he deserves? Was he "asking for it?"

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Background:
The Legal Saga of O.J. Simpson

See Also:
O.J. Simpson Faces 18 Years at Sentencing
O.J. Simpson's Final Chapter: Prison
O.J. Judge Known for Tough Sentences

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Comments

December 5, 2008 at 3:44 pm
(1) snowisfun says:

The Las Vegas incident & the double murder trial are 2 different cases. OJ Simpson did not commit the 1994 double murder. I don’t believe the prosecutor’s theory of if why it happened, because if anything, he had lost interest in her.

This was done by the mob & it’s now my belief that the killer(s) were after Ron Goldman & Nicole Brown Simpson was killed trying to stop them.

It’s also now my belief that his son from the 1st marriage Jason Lamar Simpson arrived there after the double murder happened & panicked because of his past problems incl. being confined to a mental asylum & believed that he would be accused by the cops of a crime that he did not do.The book If I did it was written to protect him because there have been calls by some such as Det. William C. Dear to reopen the double murder.

Why do I believe Ron Goldman was the intended target? He had money problems & the Mezzaluna restaurant was run by the mob. Some of Ron Goldman’s friends were drug dealers & because he had money problems he was involved with the mob. Was Ron Goldman a drug seller? This can’t be ruled out. In the underworld, mob members kill other mob members & rival drug dealers (perhaps Colombian drug cartel) killed Ron Goldman. Steven H. Adler wrote a book titled Justice Defeated which talks about the reasonable doubts & why this double murder could most likely have been done by multiple killers as knives are the chosen weapons of drug dealers.

His book mainly critiques Daniel Petrocelli, explains how the crime lab poorly maintained proof & how contamination could’ve happened. He also debunks the theory of a jealous husband.

The Las Vegas armed robbery is a different case. Most of the things did belong to OJ Simpson & the memorabilia dealers themselves admit that they did steal his things. They also said that they didn’t want OJ Simpson & CJ Stewart prosecuted. In most cases, prosecutors would have offered lenient plea bargains on the grounds that most of the things were his or they may not have even prosecuted (@least not 12 charges) given that the memorabilia dealers didn’t want him prosecuted.

But he & CJ Stewart were prosecuted & overcharged mainly because of the belief that he committed a double murder. Did this factor into the Judge’s sentencing? She won’t admit it. Now people will critique me for what has been written here because they’ve decided that he was guilty of the 1994 double murder. But I don’t believe he did it & I don’t believe the prosecutor’s theory as to why it happened, though the police don’t have to prove why a murder happened.

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