Friday, December 05, 2008

But Now, Who'll Find Nicole and Ron's Real Killer?

O.J. Simpson gets at least 15 years in prison - CNN.com
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 confrontation last year at a Las Vegas hotel room over sports memorabilia.

Here's my favorite bit from OJ:

"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.


You didn't mean to hurt anybody? Really? That why you took guns with you? You didn't know that doing that was illegal? Please.

Sorry, dude, you were caught on tape taking stuff at gunpoint. Makes no difference that you claim it was your stuff. Even in Vegas.

And I actually believe the judge when he says it wasn't payback for the murder acquittal. He could have given OJ life if he was going to play it that way. 15 years for armed robbery, kidnapping and assault, with parole possible in nine, is not an unusual sentence.

3 comments:

eviljwinter said...

Where's my OJ prize?

Tina Shrader said...

Nitpicky detail: District Judge Jackie Glass, who sentenced Simpson, is a woman. You might want to change the pronouns in that last paragraph.

Overall observation: Yup. He got what he deserved.

Kate said...

Wow, I gotta say, I don't agree. There are so many cases where much more physical harm is done during a 'kidnapping' (and I realize this was technically one, since they felt if they tried to leave they'd be harmed, but they were never taken away from the place they were so they couldn't be found), and no one ever proved that they hadn't stolen the stuff in the first place.

Was he a moron - Yes. Did he actually hurt anyone? - No. Fifteen years for scaring the crap out of thieves - Not really justifiable. But then again, I'm used to hearing about 15 year sentences for rapists, so perhaps I'm jaded.