HomeSportsOn This Day in 2008 Former NFL Star O.J. Simpson Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison

On This Day in 2008 Former NFL Star O.J. Simpson Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison

by Halle Ames
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On December 5, 2008, former NFL star O.J. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison in relation to weapons, robbery, and kidnapping charges.

O.J Simpson has a lengthy rap sheet of run-ins with the law.

Simpson, nicknamed “The Juice,” was selected first overall in the 1969 draft as a running back for the Buffalo Bills.

The decorated athlete had his first run-in with police in 1994. Simpson can be seen during the infamous Bronco chase by police down the highway concerning the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. After a very public nine-month-long trial, he was acquitted of the charges. However, in 1997, a civil court found him guilty of the wrongful deaths and awarded a $33.5 million judgment against him.

To help settle the judgment, the football star sold his 1968 Heisman Trophy for $230,000.

In 2000, Simpson was acquitted of battery and auto-burglary charges after an alternation between him and motorist, Jeffrey Pattinson.

Simpson Sentenced to Prison

In 2007 Simpson was in the headlines once again after being arrested in Las Vegas for felony charges of armed robbery and kidnapping. According to the police report, two sports-memorabilia dealers said that Simpson and five men broke into their Las Vegas hotel room and stole items. However, Simpson claims they have been stolen from him.

By 2008 Simpson was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years in prison. He has to serve at least nine years before being eligible for parole.

Simpson made a five-minute plea during the trial for mercy, saying that the robbery was a mistake.

“I didn’t want to steal anything from anyone. … I’m sorry, sorry.”

The judge, however, made it clear that her decision had nothing to do with the his 1995 murder trial.

“I’m not here to try and cause any retribution or any payback for anything else,” Judge Jackie Glass said.

In addition, Simpson made parole in July of 2017 and was a free man on October 1 of the same year.