Simpson Found Guilty…But Not for Murder
October 7, 2008
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O.J. Simpson, charged with 12 counts, including armed robbery and kidnapping, has been found guilty of all counts. Simpson was originally arrested and charged on Sept. 16, 2008 for the crimes and made bail shortly thereafter.
Simpson told authorities at the time that he had arranged a meeting to get back some personal items that had been stolen from him years before. He announced the day after the incident that “I’m O.J. Simpson. How am I going to think that I’m going to rob somebody and get away with it? Besides, I thought what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.”
The all-white jury has maintained that they relied mainly on the video and audio footage and not so much on the witnesses. Video footage included scenes of Simpson and his buddies entering the Las Vegas hotel and then leaving some time later with sports memorabilia that Simpson claimed was stolen from him. On the audio recordings Simpson could be herd shouting “Don’t let nobody out of this room. Motherf*cker, you think you can steal my shit and sell it?”
The jury also maintains that the previous verdict of not guilty handed down in Simpson’s murder trial had no effect on their decision. Polls given to the jurors after the verdict was handed down may show otherwise.
Simpson and co-defendant Clarence Stewart, also found guilty of all 12 counts, could face between 15 years to life imprisonment for their crimes. The jury delivered their verdict on Oct. 3, 13 years to the day after a Los Angeles jury acquitted Simpson of the murder of his wife and her friend.
Both Simpson and Stewart are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5 at 9:00 a.m. PST.