O.J. Simpson’s fame in the football and film arenas was eclipsed by his nationally polarizing murder trial in 1995. On Friday, he was back in court in Las Vegas facing kidnapping and burglary charges, but the outcome was not in his favor this time.
Thirteen years after what became the most notorious acquittal in recent American legal history, OJ Simpson was led from a Nevada court in shackles yesterday to begin a 15-year sentence on charges of burglary and kidnapping.
Simpson will be eligible for parole after nine years, but could serve up to 33 years in jail.
Dressed in blue prison fatigues, his hands bound in chains, Simpson visibly sagged as Judge Jackie Glass handed down the sentence.
Behind him, his daughter stared at the ground, while Ron and Kim Goldman, the father and sister of one of the people Simpson was cleared of murdering in the 1995 “trial of the century”, wiped their eyes.
Unexpectedly, Simpson spoke at the short sentencing hearing, which came more than a month after a jury delivered a guilty verdict on 11 charges.