O.J. Simpson likely to get at least 18 years in maximum security prison?

December 5, 2008

(ChattahBox) — The Juice will no longer be on the loose soon. O.J. Simpson is going to prison the question is just for how long. The 61-year-old former football star who was acquitted of the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles, and brushes with the law afterwards will now see jail time for his latest wrong turn.

Friday Simpson will learn how much time he’ll spend in a Nevada state prison for a botched attempt in a bizarre attempt to recover sports mementoes and personal items from two collectibles peddlers. OJ nor his co-defendant and former golfing buddy, Clarence “C.J. Stewart, testified at the trial. They were convicted Oct. 3 of 12 criminal charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery, and face mandatory prison time — a minimum of six years and up to life.

Simpson attorney Yale Galanter has said his client won’t address the court. “Best-case scenario we’re hoping for is six years. That’s the bottom-end number before being eligible for parole,” Bryson said. “Notwithstanding the jury verdict, Simpson continues to maintain his innocence.

With his legs shackled in irons and his hands chained to his sides, Simpson, in a dark blue prison jumpsuit, will stand before District Court Judge Jackie Glass as she pronounces his sentence.( ESPNews will carry the hearing live at noon, ET.)

Glass, a jurist with a flair for the melodramatic, is likely to begin with a stern lecture and end with a prison sentence that will keep the 61-year-old Simpson behind bars in Nevada for 18 years and possibly more based on probation officers recommendations.

Nevada prison officials refuse to discuss where Simpson might be assigned, but numerous reports indicate that he will be sent to a maximum security prison in Ely, Nev.  Simpson’s only hope now is an appeal with the principal argument that the selection process led to a jury with no African-Americans. It’s a long shot, but it is all that remains for a football hero who once starred in movies and commercials and enjoyed a celebrity status beyond any athlete of his time. No doubt it’s a crying shame. But tell us what you think, is this poetic justice, long overdue or another bum wrap for O.J.?

Update: O.J. Simpson was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with consecutive terms that could extend his time behind bars 2½ years or more, so we were half a year off in what we surmised previously. Simpson made a disjointed statement to the court apologizing for his actions, but denying he knew they were illegal. He was denied bail and was led from the courtroom in dark blue prison attire.


Comments

4 Responses to “O.J. Simpson likely to get at least 18 years in maximum security prison?”

  1. RABO on December 5th, 2008 1:12 pm

    Dumb bast@rd never knew how good he had it!

  2. wm musson on December 5th, 2008 2:07 pm

    max the dude out…………

  3. G Noel on December 5th, 2008 2:34 pm

    He’ll get whatever sentence, and not serve it, Obama will pardon him.
    Mark my words, you heard it here first.

  4. Dave Shaver on December 5th, 2008 3:11 pm

    If Simpson goes to the Ely State Prison he will be in one of the most remote, and forlorn prisons in the country. I grew up in Ely and, on recent visits, have driven out to the site of the prison. It is about 10 miles out of town in a small valley that has only 1 house in sight of the prison. If any inmate was ever able to escape he would face immediate re-capture if he headed toward Ely, and eventual death by exposure if he headed west or north into the hills, which are a virtually uninhabited wilderness.

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