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PostSubject: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:00 pm

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -- A Las Vegas judge sentenced fallen gridiron great O.J. Simpson to at least 15 years in prison for leading an armed hotel room confrontation over sports memorabilia in 2007.

Simpson could become eligible for parole in about six years. Grimacing, his head cast down, Simpson was escorted from the courtroom in shackles.

Judge Jackie Glass gave Simpson a tongue-lashing before passing sentence.

"Earlier in this case, at a bail hearing, I said to Mr. Simpson I didn't know if he was arrogant, ignorant or both," Glass said. "During the trial and through this proceeding I got the answer, and it was both."

She stressed that the sentence was not "payback for anything else," apparently referring to Simpson's acquittal 13 years ago in the slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

His voice shaking, Simpson had apologized in court and insisted he was merely trying to recover property that had been stolen from his family. He was convicted of leading a group of armed men into a room at Palace Station Hotel and Casino, where they planned to take sports memorabilia from dealers Bruce Fromong and Al Beardsley.

"I stand here today sorry, somewhat confused. I feel apologetic to people of state of Nevada," Simpson began. At times, he appeared to be fighting tears as he spoke.

The judge said Simpson's contrite words in court were not as powerful as his angry words, as caught on tape, during the confrontation.

"Everything in this case was on tape," Glass said. "The evidence in this case was overwhelming."

She continued, "You went to the room. You took guns. You used force. You took property, and in this state, that amounts to robbery with the use of a deadly weapon."

Simpson, who wore blue jail scrubs to court for Friday's sentencing, did not testify during his trial. He was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and assault on October 3 -- 13 years to the day after his Los Angeles murder trial ended with an acquittal.

Simpson's tone became more impassioned as he insisted he never intended to intimidate people or steal property.

"I didn't want to steal anything from anybody," Simpson said, adding that among the items he sought to recover were a wedding ring for his daughter and family photos for his son.

"I just wanted my personal things. I was stupid. I'm sorry. I didn't know I was doing anything illegal. I thought I was confronting friends. I thought I was retrieving my things. I didn't mean to hurt anybody and I didn't mean to steal anything," Simpson said.

Simpson and co-defendant C.J. Stewart could have received life sentences for their roles in the 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.

Attorneys for the 61-year-old former running asked for a sentence of no more than six years. But a pre-sentencing report recommended an 18-year term, and Glass -- who cut Simpson little slack during the trial -- had wide leeway in passing sentence.

Prosecutor David Rogers argued that Simpson was "the ringleader, so to speak, in this case ... he chose to use force and violence to take this property."

"This case could have turned out a lot worse," Rogers added. "Who knows what might have happened, and it's all because of Mr. Simpson."

Defense attorneys, meanwhile, asked Glass for leniency.

"This isn't one of those kidnappings where you have people egregiously detained, tied up, pushed into a safe," Gabe Grasso said. Another Simpson attorney, Yale Galanter, added that Simpson's actions were "beyond stupid" and that Simpson is remorseful.

Four men charged with Simpson cut deals with the prosecution and testified against the 1968 Heisman Trophy winner and his co-defendant, C.J. Stewart. One testified that Simpson asked him to bring a gun to the encounter.

Simpson's attorneys said they plan to appeal, arguing that a fair trial was nearly impossible after the 1995 murder trial that left him a celebrity outcast. Follow a timeline of Simpson's legal woes

Simpson was found liable in civil court for the death of his former wife and Goldman. Since the judgment, the Goldman family has tirelessly pursued Simpson's assets.

Although Simpson insisted in court that he meant to retrieve some items to give to the Goldmans, the judge pointed to his words, as captured on the tape: "You didn't want those items falling into the hands of the Goldmans. You made reference on the tape to them as the gold-diggers."

"If our efforts for all these years of pushing him drove him to commit armed robbery in Vegas, great!" Fred Goldman told reporters after the hearing.

"This monster is where he belongs -- behind bars."

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:01 pm

Personally... it's about f'n time!!! The only place this bastard belongs is behind bars, in prison! And I'm glad that he f'd up enough, this time, to finally get what he deserves! Yes, karma is a bitch... and this time, it's grabbed him by the balls, and pitched him, hard, against the wall.

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:47 pm

You can get away with murder but you go to prison for stealing your own stuff. Strange how our legal system works
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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:30 pm

what a dummy. you'd think if you came that close to getting convicted for murder you'd behave for the rest of your life.
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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:14 pm

You know, when he was found innocent for murder I thought... well, he doesn't have any further wives to kill, so whatever...But he just couldn't stay out of trouble. Dumbass of the century, I think.

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:27 am

Was found Not Guilty on two counts of murder, actually a big difference between being found Innocent.

Looks like OJ is getting at least 9 years, not 15. Wouldn't be surprised if he served half that.

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:00 pm

At least he is going to prison!!!

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:03 pm

I will agree it's better than nothing. But he should be getting fitted for a needle and a casket at this point.

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:42 pm

I couldn't agree with you more. Maybe he will get jacked in prison! Who knows.

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:50 am

Doubt OJ will be in general population. Will get the 'star' treatment in prison. The prick.

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:50 pm

HECK! wrote:
Was found Not Guilty on two counts of murder, actually a big difference between being found Innocent.

Looks like OJ is getting at least 9 years, not 15. Wouldn't be surprised if he served half that.

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Ah, good point. Not 'guilty,' however definitely not innocent.

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:09 pm

HECK! wrote:
Doubt OJ will be in general population. Will get the 'star' treatment in prison. The prick.

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Book him a reservation in the ''Sean Pennitentiary''
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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:57 pm

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. I like the effort there, but ultimately have to give the joke a 7.5. Sorry.

They should put him in Federal Pound-Me-In-The-Ass Prison.

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PostSubject: Re: O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison   Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:16 am

I thought 9 years was the earliest he could get parole. That is what they were saying on all the legal type shows. He deserves more, and I think he is the dumb ass of the century.

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