O.J. is prison-bound

It’s not for a murder that the vast majority of Americans believe he committed, but O.J. Simpson is going to prison.

On Friday, a judge in Las Vegas sentenced the one-time football star to 15 years in prison for a gunpoint robbery Simpson and several companions committed in a hotel on the Vegas strip a little more than a year ago.

This time around, Simpson managed to show more remorse than he did in the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

Simpson was found not guilty in the criminal case for those murders. But he was subsequently found liable for their deaths in a civil trial, and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the families of the victims. That order led, indirectly, to Simpson’s conviction and sentencing this year on robbery charges.

Simpson gave much of his personal property to friends to avoid having it confiscated by authorities to pay the court-ordered damages. One friend received some of Simpson’s sports memorabilia, then sold it to sports memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley.

It was Beardsley and Fromong who were robbed by Simpson and his companions 14 months ago.

At his sentencing Friday, Simpson maintained he never intended to hurt anyone, he just wanted to get his property back — apparently believing something he gave away to illegally hide from authorities was still legally his property. He also claimed he didn’t know his companions had guns.

Fortunately, Judge Jackie Glass didn’t buy his self-pitying routine, and gave him a hefty sentence.


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