OJ Simpson is sentenced to a minimum of 6 years in prison, 15 years maximum


OJ had better get used to prison gray uniforms, as he will be wearing them for at least 6 years. Photo credit: Bauergriffin.

The sentencing in the OJ Simpson trial has just subsided. Simpson was convicted in October on 12 counts including kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary for his part in a badly-planned robbery to get back some of his sports memorabilia which he’d either sold or lost years ago. In an unusual turn of events, Simpson made a statement to the judge just before the sentence was handed down, maintaining his innocence. (See a clip of that statement here.) It reeked of arrogance and insincerity, and the judge wasn’t having any of it. She basically told him to sit down and shut up and went on with the sentencing. Simpson’s co-conspirator in the crime was also sentenced. Ron Goldman’s father was in the courthouse, as were O.J.’s children from his marriage to Nicole Brown.

O.J. Simpson was sentenced to 15 years in prison, a judge ordered today. He is eligible for parole after six.

O.J. pleaded his case to the judge before she sentenced him, but to no avail.

Simpson was convicted on October 3 of 12 criminal counts, including kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary after he and a few pals broke into a Nevada hotel room in an attempt to recover allegedly stolen sports memorabilia.

Simpson’s cohort, CJ Stewart, was also sentenced to 16 years. He is eligible for parole after six.

David Cook, a lawyer for the Goldman family, tells TMZ, “Fred Goldman is certainly going to wish Mr. Simpson a pleasant journey.”

[From TMZ]

The judge in this case prefaced her sentence by making it clear to the court and the media that her job was to sentence Simpson appropriately for these crimes and not the murders he was acquitted of nearly 15 years ago. Once the sentences were read, Simpson and Stewart, who were dressed in prison-issued gray coveralls, were led out of the courtroom and back to jail.

Personally, I can’t think of a better place for Simpson to live out his golden years. I know that we’re not supposed to look at this as retribution for the murders he was acquitted of (and most likely committed), but I can’t help it. Since getting off for those murders, OJ has done nothing to “find the real killers” as he once so famously promised, and instead has pissed away what little money he had left after paying his high-profile team of lawyers by playing golf, running through a string of women and so on. He even attempted to profit from the murders with his “fictional” book, “If I Did It,” which ended up being pulled from bookshelves and generally deemed to be in the poorest of taste. If you ask me, the acquittal only made OJ’s ego even bigger – he truly believed he was above the law and could get away with this latest crime. Luckily, the Las Vegas jury and judge didn’t agree.

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  1. Syko says:

    Finally a little touch of justice falls on OJ.

  2. doodahs says:

    Every single report on this story I have read so far has different sentence lengths… It seems that the press has not caught up in consensus with the facts. CNN has him at 15 years eligible for parole after 9, here he is eligible after 6. If it’s anything like Los Angeles jails plagued by overcrowding, as a celebrity, he may be out in 15 minutes :roll:

  3. CJ says:

    HA–karma at work!

    Don’t drop the soap, OJ :wink:

  4. geronimo says:

    Doodahs – if it helps, I watched the entire thing – all the details on each of the 10 counts – on SKY news and the BBC:

    15 years sentence, eligible for parole after 5.

  5. Leandra says:

    I believe it is 15 years and he will spend a minimum of 9 years in jail. That is what I heard five minutes ago.

  6. doodahs says:

    Thanks for the clarification Geronimo :-)

  7. daisyfly says:

    From all of the reports that I have read, he has to serve a minimum of nine years before he’s eligible for parole, and can serve up to thirty-three years, based on what the judge’s clerk said, because the sentences for each charge vary, and they are both concurrent and consecutive sentences.

    So, what we’re looking at here is that Simpson stays in jail for at least nine years, but might be there for the next thirty… something tells me no parole board is going to let him walk away.

  8. Alison says:

    Isn’t it amazing how there is justice in the US for stealing and threatening, but not for beating your wife repeatedly. Forget the murder charges!Karma, OJ – what goes around comes around and I hope and pray a day in general population will teach you a lifetime of lessons. The true victims of OJ’s many wrongdoings are his children. Even if they are adults, everyday they have to live knowing he is there father and only living parent…mind you, they are probably better off with him out of their lives for many years.

  9. Dubdub2000 says:

    Finally. I really feel sorry for his kids though.

  10. Daniel says:

    all is right with the world, bush is removed from office and OJ gets justice, I’m starting to think life makes sense now, lol!

  11. RReedy says:

    B-b-b-b-b-bye-bye, OJ! Enjoy looking at your cell walls.

  12. Codzilla says:

    What a jackass. I definitely won’t be losing sleep over this ruling.

  13. keltilass says:

    I’d love to be the one to wipe that smirk off his arrogant face! Oh wait, the courts did that this morning!!!!! Break out the wine, it’s time for a toast!

    I hope they make him live in General Pop. Now THAT would be justice!

  14. keltilass says:

    Well said Codzilla Me either. Unlike when he was allowed to set back women’s rights 100 years.

    OJ in prison; Obama elected. Life is good. :-)

  15. Codzilla says:

    “OJ in prison; Obama elected. Life is good.”

    Amen, keltilass!

  16. Cheyenne says:

    Go to jail.
    Go directly to jail.
    Do not pass Go.
    Do not collect $200.00

  17. Jinxy says:

    Concurrent and Consecutive. The object of this exercise is that he will die in the Nevada Department of Corrections. Everyone is happy. Justice is served.

  18. Gigohead says:

    I’m happy the family will get to see him put away but I do feel strange for the family knowing how he gets jail for stealing his stuff yet don’t do a smidgen of time for killing their loved ones. OJ will be out soon. Only in America.

  19. Cheyenne says:

    Sorry, Alison — but OJ will probably become a hero in jail. It’s a totally different set of values inside. Don’t think those guys in gen pop will revenge OJ’s wife and Ron Goldman. They’ll probably say they had it coming.

  20. Carrie says:

    They’re saying on the news over here in the UK that he could serve a maximum of 33 years.

    Here’s hoping….

  21. Kristen says:

    Actually in prison – there is a social structure among the inmates. And most inmates do not like celebrities, or pedophiles. I’m sure that he’ll be in solitary confinement or special populations because of who he is.

    The bottom line is – I know his conviction was for his recent crime…..however

    BUT THAT STILL DOESN’T BRING BACK NICOLE OR RON. He should have been convicted of that. So unless he’s killed in prison I don’t think karma is happening here. He is ALIVE. Their families have to go to a grave to see the ones they loved. People who care for him only have to walk through a few fences and metal detectors.

  22. keltilass says:

    Cheyenne, I have to respectfully disagree. Even the most hardened of criminals will and do avenge women and children.

    When my middle daughter was 7 a man tried to kidnap her as she was leaving a church program. It took three years of pure hell on earth to get that bastard behind bars.

    When he finally did get there, he was “accidentally” put in Gen Pop. Within three days he was in ICU.

    I could give more examples, but I’ll spare you. ;-) The point is, OJ is very much in danger of getting a dose of true justice while incarcerated. His sister was right when she said “this ain’t over”… little does she know.

  23. mark says:

    Karma. That’s where he belongs. His well-rehearsed and acted plea to the court was pathetic. This man is a psychopath and the treatment is jail. He should love it in there though he won’t have any women or weaklings to beat up on. He’s gonna be a ripe target.

  24. vdantev says:

    St. Louis Post declared 33 years, but I think that’s the max he could do, not the actual sentence. His last speech in court was pretty passionate. I’d be passionate too in his place.

    Shine, don’t be rude to the hostess. Ever.

  25. Trevor Clark says:

    YES!!!
    Isn’t amazing that he got off with murder, (we all know it) but he is ‘above the law’ so he pressed his luck-his money and fame didn’t buy him off this time.
    Karma is in action. Better late than never.
    I hope he NEVER gets out! Let this be a warning to all pedophiles and wife-beaters and murders.
    The Clark family

  26. keltilass says:

    I wish I could say I was amazed Trevor. I’m more amazed when someone doesn’t get off easy for crimes against women or children. At least we aren’t considered chattel any longer. Things seemed to have stalled from there though. :(

  27. lulu says:

    That was an unfair sentence they should be ashamed of themselves for doing that to o.j.

  28. keltilass says:

    unfair lulu? How is that?

    I know someone facing 15 years for being in possession of 2 grams of coke!

    OJ has gotten away with way too much for WAY too long. It’s about time his sick ass got locked up.

  29. Kristen says:

    Lulu ~

    The only thing they should be ashamed of is not convicting him for murder…

    And not given him a life sentence for this crime.

    He should have fried for the killing his wife. I would have pulled the switch myself.

  30. vdantev says:

    No you wouldn’t, Kristen. Don’t be daft in your attempt at online self-righteous bravado. Taking a life is never a casual thing and if it ever becomes one, even a little- seek help ! OJ was a bad man who should be punished- we get it.

  31. lulu says:

    to: Kristen:
    why? cause you / people like you said so?

  32. lilith says:

    i alway felt sorry for the young man that was brutally murdered….i hope this maniac low life rots in jail. justice prevailed.

  33. Kristen says:

    Dante –

    Sorry if my opinion offends you – but it is my opinion. And the ONLY reason I wouldn’t is because I’m not a prison executioner.

    Self-righteous – don’t think so. Just trying to be honest about how I FEEL. When I need a lesson in morality I’ll let you know.

    Have you ever known anyone abused or murdered by their husband? I have and when it’s in your family you might have a different opinion. Don’t judge my comments based on YOUR life. My comments are based on MY life.

  34. Kristen says:

    Dante ~

    I do feel a need to apologize for the harshness in my last comment. However, I do still feel the same way about O.J.

    My sister was abused by her husband and eventually one evening he shot her in the face with 30/30. He then stayed with her body in the house all night until he eventually took his own life the following morning. Now I have three nieces and nephews with no parents. Who suffer with tremendous depression and anxiety attacks. The anniversary of her death is coming up soon – so my emotions are a little raw.

    If that’s makes me sound self-righteous then I guess your right. But when you lose someone that way it’s difficult to have sympathy for people who beat and murder then wives.

    I think O.J. is more than just a bad man. He is a murderer. I know he wasn’t convicted of that but I do believe that he is guilty and it seems that most of the comments on this board agree.

    Please accept my apologies for my rudeness. I meant no disrespect to you in any way.

  35. Codzilla says:

    Kristen: I know your comment wasn’t directed toward me, but I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. What a horrible tragedy. Absolutely breaks my heart.

  36. geronimo says:

    Kristen – that’s so awful. I really feel for you and your family. I can completely understand how this story would have opened old wounds.

  37. dr.grrl says:

    kristen,

    not sure where you are located and how old your nieces and nephews are, but acupuncture can really help alleviate symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.

    i would highly recommend this treatment modality for you all. if you are interested, i can find a qualified person in your area.

    kindest regards,
    dr.grrl*

  38. Kristen says:

    Codzilla & Geronimo ~

    Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. They are truly appreciated.

    Dr. Grrl ~ my youngest niece is 17 now – we have all been in therapy since it happened. We all probably will be for a long time. I have not thought about acupuncture though. I know that we do have a few in our area. We do live in a very small town in northern Michigan. Thank you for support. It really does help. If you know of any around Traverse City, Michigan that would be very helpful.

    Thank you, all three of you, I really hesitated putting that on here. Thinking I would regret it – but I was wrong. I never knew I had friends I never knew.

  39. Tess says:

    Kristin—what an unthinkable tragedy you and your family suffered. I do hope you can find a way to find some peace.

    I believe that the grace you display here when you apologize for comments you made, which really needed no apology, bodes well for your future.

    So kind and generous a spirit is a gift.

  40. dr.grrl says:

    kristen,

    i’m not quite sure where you are located, so i did a search based off the zipcode 49684.

    here are the two i hopefully found in your area. by all means please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or if i can be of any further help! since you are in therapy already, i feel that acupuncture can really help with the physical manfestations of your grief. TCM also works to strengthen your organ systems to rebalance from the shock,grief, and sadness.

    ~dr.grrl*
    thegrrl@hellokitty.com

    http://www.acufinder.com/list_acupuncturists.php?country=62&distance=50&zip=49684&Submit.x=31&Submit.y=0

  41. Kristen says:

    Tess & Dr. Grrl ~

    Thanks for info on acupuncture. I will look into it.

    Tess – Thank you for your kind words.

    You know I only started blogging a couple of months ago. I really thought it would be a lot different. I love this site and truly appreciate the support and general friendships here.

    So to all my new friends at CB

    Thank you all so much – it truly means a lot to me.

  42. Maria says:

    Simpson should rat in prison. MURDERER< BUTCHER, LOWLIFE, the scum of the earth. I hope Sidney and Justin hates him for murdering their mother and Ron. May Nicole and Ron rest in peace. Justice delay is justice denied. The money hungry pig can spend his Nfl monthly pension of 25,000.00 a month on his new girlfriend BUBA.

  43. Codzilla says:

    Kristen: No problem, my dear. Hang in there, and we’re here any time you need us.

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