OJ Will Serve at Least 9 Years

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2008 12:41 PM CST
O.J. Simpson is taken into custody after being found guilty on all charges at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The judge threw the book at OJ Simpson today, sentencing America’s favorite courtroom star to up to 33 years in prison for his role in an armed hotel hold-up, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Simpson won't be eligible for parole for nine years. “Everything in this case was on tape,” said Judge Jackie Glass. “It's your own words, Mr. Simpson...that brought you here." His defense team will appeal.

Simpson surprised the judge and onlookers by speaking at the trial. “I stand here today sorry, somewhat confused,” said an emotional Simpson. “I didn't want to steal anything from anybody. … I just wanted my personal things. I was stupid.” Glass was unmoved. “You went to the room. You took guns. You used force. You took property,” she said, “and in this state, that amounts to robbery with the use of a deadly weapon.”