Nice to know that the justice system is still alive and well…
LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson, the one-time football great who was acquitted in perhaps the most-watched murder trial of the 20th century, was sentenced Friday to a minimum of nine years in prison for his role in a 2007 raid on a Las Vegas hotel room in which two collectibles dealers were robbed of a trove of sports memorabilia.
Shortly before the sentence, Mr. Simpson, wearing a blue prison jumpsuit, his arms handcuffed in front of him, made a surprise statement in which he told Judge Jackie Glass of Clark County District Court: “I didn’t want to hurt anybody. I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong.”“I stand before you somewhat confused,” Mr. Simpson, his voice breaking, said in the rambling statement in which he uttered the word “sorry” at least four times.
Judge Glass seemed unimpressed, “The evidence was overwhelming,” she said before pronouncing sentence first on one of Mr. Simpson’s five accomplices, Clarence Stewart, 54, and then on Mr. Simpson himself.
Both men were convicted by the same jury of the same 12 charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery, stemming from the incident at the Palace Station Hotel-Casino.
“It was an itty-bitty room and a lot of you big guys in that itty-bitty room,” Judge Glass said. “That was ‘nobody leave this room.’ That was acutally a very violent event. Guns were brought; one was displayed. The potential for harm to occur in that room was tremendous.”
Before the sentencing, the judge denied a defense motion that Mr. Simpson be released on bail pending appeal. Read more…
Perhaps O.J. will be up for a Darwin Award this year ??? At least an honorable mention?
Maybe he did get away with murder but he botched a pathetic armed robbery to recover his pathetic sports momentos! Yep, he’s a candidate for an award alright. Read the full POLICE REPORT. Interesting as hell.