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October 04, 2008

OJ Simpson convicted

OJ Simpson has been convicted of twelve charges, including armed robbery and kidnapping

OJ Simpson now faces a total sentence of twenty-five years to life.  His attorney said he would appeal.

The crimes began when OJ Simpson and five accomplices raided a guest room at the Palace Station Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas and left with hundreds of pieces of sports memorabilia relating to four athletes, one being Simpson.

The room was occupied by two memorabilia dealers, Bruce L. Fromong and Alfred Beardsley who believed a prospective buyer was coming to view the items.  Instead they were confronted by six men and at least two guns.

Clarence Stewart, 54 was convicted alongside Simpson for the same offenses.  The four other members of the gang took plea deals and testified against Stewart and Simpson.

OJ Simpson's defense was that he simply sought the return of personal items of his sporting history that were stolen from him years ago.

The verdict comes thirteen years to the day after he was acquitted for the double-murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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OJ Simpson's lawyer says his client is extremely upset over being found guilty on all charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. ...

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OJ Simpson, the former Buffalo Bills football player acquitted 13 years ago of murdering his ex-wife and her friend ...

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OJ Simpson has been found guilty on 12 charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to kidnap and assault with a deadly weapon by a court in the US city of Las ...

A tale of two trials
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