Disgraced football star Orenthal James Simpson said that he was “stupid and sorry,” but that excuse didn’t wash with Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass, who sentenced Simpson to a minimum of 15 years in prison for charges stemming from a 2007 confrontation in a Las Vegas hotel room.
A jury found Simpson guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping and assault earlier this year after he and co-defendant C.J. Stewart made an armed bid to retrieve sports memorabilia Simpson claimed belonged to him.
Judge Glass, who called the evidence against Simpson “overwhelming,” said she began the case wondering if the former football legend was arrogant or ignorant. In sentencing Simpson, Glass concluded that he was both. Glass also made clear that although many onlookers had strong feelings about Simpson’s 1995 acquittal for the murder of his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman, that case had no bearing on her sentencing determination.
There is no word yet on whether or not Simpson plans to appeal. But should he try to challenge his conviction, Glass made clear that he would not remain free on bond during that process. [ABC News]
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