Friday, December 05, 2008
Judge said “The evidence in this case was overwhelming,”
O.J. Simpson was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping in a failed attempt to recover sports memorabilia from two collectibles peddlers.
There will be the possibility of parole after six years, Judge Jackie Glass said.
His co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart received the same sentence.
Before the judge handed down his sentence, Simpson apologized to her and the Las Vegas court after learning he won’t be able to be freed on bail if he appeals.
Simpson appeared for his sentencing in a blue prison jumpsuit, shackles and handcuffs.
“I stand before you today sorry,” an emotional Simpson told Glass, fighting back tears. “I am apologetic to the people of Nevada. … When I came here, I came here for a wedding. I didn’t come to reclaim property.”
He said he thought he was taking advantage of an opportunity to retrieve items that were rightfully his.
“In no way did I mean to hurt anybody, to steal anything from anyone,” Simpson said. “I didn’t want anybody else’s stuff. I just wanted my own. I realize that I was stupid. I am sorry. I didn’t know that I was doing anything illegal. I thought I was retrieving property from friends. I’m sorry, I’m sorry for all of it.”
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