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Henhead
05-12-08, 19:58
Ex-US football star OJ Simpson has been jailed for 15 years for the kidnap and armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel.

Describing Simpson, 61, as arrogant and ignorant, District Judge Jackie Glass said the evidence was overwhelming.

Simpson made an emotional appeal prior to sentencing at the Las Vegas court, saying he was "sorry" and "confused".

His accomplice, Clarence Stewart, was also sentenced to 15 years. Both men were convicted in October.

They were found guilty on 12 charges relating to the robbery and holding of the memorabilia dealers in September 2007.

In 1995, Simpson was acquitted of murdering his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman in what was dubbed "the trial of the century".

Emotional plea

Simpson and Stewart were among a group of men who seized the memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in Las Vegas' Palace Station hotel.

The group were attempting to reclaim items linked to Simpson's sporting career that the former National Football League star said still belonged to him.

Before sentencing, Judge Glass said "the potential for harm to occur" in the room where the robbery took place was "tremendous".

"You went to the room, you took guns... you used force, you took property... and in this state that amounts to robbery with a deadly weapon," she said.

Wearing a dark blue jail uniform, Simpson apologised and pleaded for leniency from the judge with tears in his eyes.

"I didn't mean to hurt anybody and I didn't mean to steal from anybody," said the former Buffalo Bills player with a trembling voice.

"I did not know that I was doing anything illegal... I thought that I was confronting friends and retrieving my property."

But the judge rejected the apology, saying Simpson's actions amounted to "much more than stupidity".

'There's never closure'

After his 1995 acquittal, Simpson was found liable for the deaths of Mrs Simpson and Mr Goldman in a civil case, and ordered to pay $33.5m (23m) to Mr Goldman's family.

During Friday's hearing, Judge Glass emphasised her sentence had nothing to do with the earlier case.

But outside court, Mr Goldman's father said he was thrilled with the sentence.

"There's never closure," said Fred Goldman. "Ron is always gone. What we have is satisfaction that this monster is where he belongs: behind bars."

Judge Glass also denied defence motions for bail pending appeal, saying both defendants posed a risk of fleeing.


OJ SIMPSON CONVICTIONS



Conspiracy to commit a crime
Conspiracy to kidnap
Two counts of first degree kidnapping
Burglary in possession of a deadly weapon
Two counts of armed robbery
Two counts of assault with a deadly weapon



Source BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7767556.stm)

MrBear
05-12-08, 20:18
Wouw... It'll be weird the next time I watch my Naked Gun movies :-/

Immortalis08
05-12-08, 20:21
Just heard about it. Can't say he wasn't asking for it. :whi:

Shrantellatessa
05-12-08, 20:42
Seems he never gets enough!

*laralover*
05-12-08, 20:52
Heh saw this on the news earlier.

Mona Sax
05-12-08, 21:04
"I did not know that I was doing anything illegal... I thought that I was confronting friends and retrieving my property."
I am absolutely, positively certain we're going to hear that line on Saturday Night Live this week. :D

Big E
05-12-08, 21:07
Golly, with the Juice in jail, who's going to find the killers now?

Ampersand
05-12-08, 21:22
Ah, can't say my heart's bleeding for the guy. D:

Orionvalentine
05-12-08, 21:57
LOL

I won't pretend to care about him.

rickybazire
05-12-08, 22:35
Wouw... It'll be weird the next time I watch my Naked Gun movies :-/

So true...

Jo269976
05-12-08, 22:37
Golly, with the Juice in jail, who's going to find the killers now?

:vlol:

EmeraldFields
05-12-08, 22:41
LOL. He belongs in jail.

ajrich17901
05-12-08, 22:57
LOL

I won't pretend to care about him.

Neither will i lol i just cant *next subject*

Solice
06-12-08, 01:21
Seems he never gets enough!

I got that impression to. He is so oblivious, its like he is mentally impaired.