GUILTY … THE GLOVE FIT THIS TIME! File this one under, what goes around comes around. Justice is finally served to OJ.
OJ Simpson has been found guilty on all charges stemming from the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room. OJ was found guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges pertaining to the robbery. Simpson’s co-defendant, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart was also found guilty on all charges and taken into custody.
A weary and somber Simpson released a heavy sigh as the charges were read by the clerk in Clark County District Court. He was immediately taken into custody.
The Hall of Fame football star was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges for gathering up five men a year ago and storming into a room at a hotel-casino, where the group seized several game balls, plaques and photos. Prosecutors said two of the men with him were armed; one of them said Simpson asked him to bring a gun.
Just call it Karma, call it poetic justice … call it just plain justice served, 13 years later. Ironically, the guilty sentence handed down Friday to OJ came 13 years to the day when he was shamefully cleared of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. OJ Simpson, 61, could spend the rest of his life in prison and will be sentenced one December 5, 2008. The fact of the matter is, eventually in time, it may not be out time … but justice is served to those who most deserve it.
Pictured above, OJ’s reaction after getting away with murder 13 years ago.
What a difference 13 years make when justice is finally served.
According to Simpson’s defense attorneys, The Juice is extremely upset over being found guilty on all charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
“He’s extremely upset, extremely emotional, but it is something that was expected,” he said.
“Definitely someone like OJ Simpson, everyone has a fixed opinion of him and it’s troubling.
“I wasn’t surprised.”
The jury of nine men and three women, none of them African-American, reached its verdict after 13 hours of deliberations Friday. Jurors heard from 22 witnesses over 12 days of testimony. Chief among the witnesses were seven of the nine people inside Room 1203 of the Palace Station Hotel and Casino for the September 13, 2007, confrontation.
UPDATE I: Timeline of OJ Conviction
UPDATE II: What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas
I guess it is true, what happens in Vegas … stays in Vegas including potentially OJ Simpson’s convicted self for the next 30 years in prison.
Kidnapping is punishable by five years to life in prison. Armed robbery carries a mandatory sentence of at least two years behind bars, and could bring as much as 30. Sentencing was set for Dec. 5.