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O.J. Simpson sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

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Thumbnail image for simpson.JPGO.J. Simpson was sentenced to 15 years in prison a few moments ago in Las Vegas.

According to some of the comments we've gotten leading up to the sentencing, this ends a 15-year wish for this man to be held accountable for his actions.

Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass delivered quite a zinger while delivering her pre-sentence lecture.

"Earlier in this case at a bail hearing, I said to Mr. Simpson I didn't know if he was arrogant or ignorant or both," she said. "And during the trial and through this proceeding, I've got the answer. And it was both."

Ouch.

Very few people are coming to O.J's defense. The prevailing feeling seems to be is that he's made his bed over and over and now he must sleep in it.

Like we pointed out before, this event is nowhere near the epic moment that the 1995 verdict was. But, a sentence of 15 years given to a 61-year-old man equates to a significant portion of his remaning life.

Simpson addressed the court with an impassioned plea where he tried to portray himself as a confused and innocent victim in all of this. In short, he claimed he didn't know he was doing anything illegal.



He did seem sincere, although Simpson honed his acting chops in the "Naked Gun" movies.

In the end, his pleas fell on deaf ears and a strict sentence was handed down.

Simpson has gotten his comeuppance, in the eyes of these humble bloggers. And we know we're not alone. We only wonder if anyone out there cares to defend Simpson at this point. My guess would be no.

What are your reactions to today's sentencing?

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One down for a well earned rest. Now all we need is Britney off the airwaves and the news will be tolerable again.

Don't count me as one of those supporting this farce! OJ Simpson is a wife beating double murderer, but that doesn't come close to justifying trumped up charges by a corrupt prosecutor. The kidnapping statute in Nevada has never been applied or intended to apply to such a situation, and if OJ's name wasn't attached to this case, this would be 3 years max. How on earth anyone can justify bankrupting and sending OJ's unwitting buddy Stewart to jail for longer than a rapist, drug dealer, or defrauding CEO is beyond me. The "victims" in this case Fromong and Beardsley admitted stealing OJ's personal belongings and received no punishment, merely encouraging such behavior in the future. This entire case smacks of Jim Crow and is a major black eye on our system of justice which is not supposed to cook up bogus charges as retribution for past acquittals. The verdict in OJ's murder trial was a well-deserved smackdown on the corrupt LAPD, not an adjudication of his guilt. And the verdict in this case should be to send DA Rogers were he belongs....behind bars!

My reaction? The US economy will tank. A whole generation of journalists will be out of work. The gift that went on giving finally stopped. Fun while it lasted, though.

I think that OJ got what he deserved. I only wish that it hadn't taken so long for him to be sentenced to jail for a crime(s). I think that there are many people out there that still think that he had something to do with the deaths of his wife and Mr. Ron Goldman.

Although this sentence will not make-up for his past actions, at least he is now going to be punished for what a jury found him guilty of doing.

I say if he was indeed trying to get his personal belongings back, there were better ways for him to go about doing so. He could have gone to the police and asked them for their assistance. Or maybe some other, LEGAL, means of getting his property back. I think he figured that since he was "OJ" he could do it however he choose to. Well now the court has given him a lot of time to think about a lot of things behind bars.

Personally, this and the 1995 case are two seperate events. But in both situations, someone has to take blame for the consequences of the actions. In this case, it was obviously O.J, since these were his actions, it was deserved. This sentencing, though, is for this crime, not the previous one, and it is unfortunate that he has not, and quite possibly will not pay for those crimes, until he dies. But, like my grandmother used to say, "This is the glory and this is the hell and all things we do, whether our actions are good or not, gets paid." I have to agree with that. If O.J does not pay for his actions, from beginning to end, at this point in time, then his real comeuppance will come in due time.

I wonder how long it will take for his attorneys to file the appeal?
I'm guessing something like about twelve minutes.

Sometimes you're the foot, and sometimes you're the football.
SCORE!

I THINK THAT THIS MAN FINNALY GOT WHAT HE DESEVERED. A LIFE SENTENCE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN LONG ENOUGH, BUT I WILL SETTLE WITH 15YRS. HE MURDERED HIS WIFE AND LEFT HIS CHILDREN WITHOUT A MOTHER AND RUNIED THEIR CHILDHOOD. HE TOOK AWAY FOUR (DON'T FORGET RON GOLDMAN) LIVES, NOT TO MENTION THE PAIN HE HAS PUT HIS VICTIMS FAMILYS THROUGH. I REALLY HOPE HE NEVER SEES THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN.

Carma!

Outrageous! It will be thrown out on appeal. I'm no OJ fan but 15 years is way out of line.

YEEHAW is all I can say. Long time coming. Whats goes around, comes around i always say. Although the two crimes he has commited are unrelated, He got what he deserved, hopefully it sticks. He has no sympathy from me and thousands of others.

Literally the rule of the mob not the rule of law
Some commenters here are better off as a lynch mob with pitchforks and torches.
applauding 15 years in prison for a non violent crime?! but was it even a crime?! or a crime against a criminal who comitted a crime stealing his belongings? im lost

rejoice and be merry. whatever the issue this case is a different case than his 1995 murder trial.
literally why democracy dosent and will never work because it is the rule of the mob. In the words of good ole' Karl Marx "Democracy is the road to socialism"
You will be next!

and under Obama's rule with his million man domestic spy force be afraid
be very afraid

I would think that 12 charges for a total of 15 yrs is a minimal sentence considering he used a weapon intending to not hurt anyone. He is guilty for this crime and not guilty in the 1995 trial. He should not take the law into his own hands nor think he is above the law for any reason. Sorry isn't enough and am glad he won't be looking for tourists wearing or in possesion of his memorabilia in Las Vegas. He wasn't confused about his intentions to get his belongings back....this 15 yr penalty will be a new record in his books.

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