O J Simpson: Sentenced to 15 years in jail
Former American football player and actor, O J Simpson has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday.
A Las Vegas jury has found O J Simpson, 61, guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping on October 3. In 1994, he was accused of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Simpson was acquitted of the murder case after a lengthy, highly publicized criminal trial.
The judgment of conviction that led to sentencing, resulted from a six-minute incident in 2007 that took place in a down-market Las Vegas hotel room, where O J Simpson struggled with two sports memorabilia dealers over items that Simpson claimed were his possessions.
The former football player was calm while Nevada State Judge Jackie Glass delivered his tough sentence. The judge said that she was not sentencing O J Simpson for any previous actions besides those for which he was currently on trial - an obvious reference to the deaths of Brown and Goldman.
The judge Jackie Glass said that she respected the decision of the jury in the current case and that'w why she sentenced. She also said, "The problem is that I can't ignore that the behavior at the time was reckless, a gun was used, property was stolen".
At the outside of the courthouse, Fred Goldman, the father of Ron Goldman said, "There's never closure, Ron is always gone, but what we have is satisfaction that this monster is behind bars where he belongs".
O J Simpson will appeal his conviction. Yale Galanter, his lawyer, said that jury bias will form the cornerstone of that appeal after it emerged that almost half of the jury believed that he should have been convicted of the double murder more than a decade ago.
Judge Jackie Glass denied Simpson bail ahead of the appeal.