1968 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Fame Inductee, O.J. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years today in a Las Vegas courtroom. Simpson will serve at least 9 years in prison for the apparent botched robbery incident that took place in a Las Vegas hotel room on September 13, 2007.
O.J. Sentenced: The juice is no longer loose
December 5, 2008 by 1 Comment
Teary-eyed and visibly remorseful, the 61-year old Simpson apologized and pleaded for leniency in a 5-minute declaration before judge Jackie Glass.
Immediately after Simpson’s plea, Judge Glass sentenced him and denied him bail while he appeals.
A courtroom full of media along with the Simpson and Goldman family were visibly in shock after the quick and decisive sentence handed down by Judge Glass.
Fred Goldman, father of Ron Goldman, said, “It was satisfying seeing him in shackles like he belongs.” The Goldman and Brown families still believe that Simpson is responsible for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Personally, I think this trial and conviction was a mockery. Though, most believe O.J. got what he deserved while few feel that this man has been victimized by the judicial system.
Simpson was proved innocent in the courtroom in 1995, but was found guilty in the court of public opinion. It was obvious that after the 1995 murder trial there was no way that Simpson could ever receive fair treatment or trial in this country.
In this case, he was going to jail regardless of the facts or evidence. It’s truly a sad day when a man, no matter how despised, is convicted and sentenced mainly on the basis of public opinion.
Whether guilty or innocent, as an American, we all deserve a fair trial and due process.
Co-defendant C. J. Stewart was also sentenced; he will serve at least 15 years.
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