OJ Rejected Deal for Lighter Sentence

Simpson 'wanted something just short of a public apology:' DA
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2008 2:05 PM CST

(Newser) – OJ Simpson, sentenced yesterday to at least 9 years in prison, could have drawn less time behind bars if he’d accepted a plea deal before being convicted, his prosecutor said. “Mr. Simpson wanted something just short of a public apology,” said District Attorney David Roger. "We didn't think that was appropriate.” Roger didn’t specify the terms of the deal.

But OJ’s attorney said it contained “nothing acceptable.” Simpson’s co-defendant also rejected a deal offering less prison time than the 7 1/2 to 27 years he received, but his attorney said the “universal deal” had to be accepted by both defendants, who are planning to appeal their convictions. Neither defendant is eligible for early release for good behavior.