O.J. Simpson is set to be released from prison, after serving almost nine years in connection with a botched Las Vegas robbery that happened back in 2007.
Simpson and a group of men entered a room at the Palace Station hotel, holding its occupant at gunpoint in order to recover valuable sports memorabilia that had been stolen from Simpson years earlier. The incident led to O.J. and his goons being charged with multiple felonies, including criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, robbery, and using a deadly weapon.
All three of his co-defendants cut deals with the prosecution Clark County in Nevada in exchange for reduced sentences. In October 2008, O.J. was found guilty of all charges. He was looking at a possible life sentence on the kidnapping charge, but was ultimately sentenced to 33 years in prison with the possibility of parole after nine years.
If it had been anyone other than O.J. Simpson, “The Guy Who Got Away With It,” the Vegas robbery would have likely gotten a lighter sentence. But, being that many believing his 1995 murder acquittal was a travesty of justice, in the gruesome double murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, he had the book thrown at him.
A wise man once said, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me…you can’t get fooled again.”
The police took that sage advice to heart when they nabbed O.J. for the Vegas robbery. He might have gotten away with murder (though he was found guilty in a $33 million dollar civil lawsuit), but they weren’t going to let him walk again. So he got a lengthy sentence, in a no-holds-barred “f*ck OJ Simpson” free-for-all.
However, after nine years as a model citizen in prison, O.J.’s day in court has finally come (again). The Juice is a free man. Already, cut-throat network execs are trying to sign him to a reality TV deal, knowing that the public has an insatiable appetite for all things O.J., especially after the runaway success of the Netflix mini-series, American Crime Series: The People v. OJ Simpson, which introduced an entire generation to the man who had captivated the whole country with the most-watched live police chase of all-time and the sensational murder trial that followed.
Now a 70-year-old man, O.J.’s life has been a rollercoaster. From college football star, to icon, to iconoclast and pariah, to prison; he’s seen it all. But, the last chapter is yet to be written. He’s in good health and spirits; only time will tell what’s next for The Juice.