A long time coming, O.J. Simpson may spend life in prison after being convicted of conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping, robbery and assault. Jurors were convinced that Simpson and five accomplices robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino last September. The defense said O.J. was only trying to steal back personal items and that he didn’t know two of his people were armed. Suffice to say, jurors didn’t buy it. O.J. faces a minimum of five years and at most life in prison.
Simpson’s lead attorney, Yale Galanter, said he would appeal the conviction, which came after some 13 hours of deliberation in a single day by the jury of nine women and three men.
Galanter said Simpson’s past as a notorious murder defendant, widely seen as having eluded justice in Los Angeles, was a factor in the swift verdict reached by the Las Vegas jurors.
Amazingly, the verdict came on the 13th anniversary of his acquittal. Poetic justice some might say. Others, those not great with words, might simply point at O.J. Simpson and laugh, “Ha ha,” Nelson Muntz style.