O.J. Simpson gets 15 years

Friday, December 05, 2008

Judge said  “The evidence in this case was overwhelming,”

8_68_120508_oj10O.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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Man convicted of burying couple alive

May 7, 2007, 10:56PM

Information source: Houston Chronicle

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jurors on Monday convicted a 24-year-old man in the slayings of a retired couple who were buried alive in rural Georgia.

Michael James Jackson faces life in prison or the death penalty in the deaths of Reggie and Carol Sumner, both 61. Their bodies were found in a shallow grave near the Florida state line in July 2005.

Jackson was convicted on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping. Three others are also charged in the deaths.

One of them, Bruce Kent Nixon, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping after leading police to the bodies. He agreed to testify against Jackson, Alan Lyndell Wade, 19, and Jackson’s girlfriend, Tiffany Ann Cole, 25.

Nixon testified that Jackson was the planner. Jackson said in court that he was guilty of helping come up with the robbery plan, but said it was Nixon and Wade who killed the Sumners.

When Jackson saw the couple being buried alive and heard the wife moaning inside the pre-dug grave, Jackson said, he did not try to stop it because he was afraid he would be next.

Jackson later used the Sumners’ bank card and PIN number to withdraw money from their bank account, prosecutors said.

Nixon’s plea agreement allows him to avoid the death penalty. He faces 52 years to life in prison. Cole and Wade are awaiting trial.

“We’ve still got a long way to go, but were making progress,” said Jean Clark, Reggie Sumner’s sister. “It’s in the hands of God.”

Telephone message left by The Associated Press with prosecutors and Jackson’s attorney, Richard Kuritz, were not immediately returned.