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O.J. Simpson Arrested for Armed Robbery

September 20th, 2007

O.J. Simpson was arrested on Sunday and faces multiple charges in an alleged armed robbery of collectors involving the former football great and Hall of Famer’s sports memorabilia.

According to The Associated Press, the charges against Simpson will include robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary with a firearm, which are all felonies, said Las Vegas Police Captain James Dillon. More charges could be brought against him, he said. Police said two firearms and other evidence were seized at a private residence early Sunday.

Simpson, 60, has said he and other people with him were retrieving items that belonged to him. Simpson has said there were no guns involved and that he went to the room at the casino only to get stolen mementos that included his Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of the running back with J. Edgar Hoover.

Simpson was reportedly very cooperative as he was taken into custody. At least one other person has been arrested and police said Sunday that as many as six people could be arrested in connection with the alleged armed robbery that occurred in a room inside the Palace Station casino-hotel on Thursday, according to The AP.

Besides his impressive football career, O.J. Simpson is also well known for his 1995 trial after being charged with the double murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson was eventually acquitted in one of the most famous trials of the last century.

He was later found liable in civil court and was ordered to pay the families of those killed $30 million dollars, which he has yet to pay off. A judge ordered Simpson be held without bail, police said. If convicted of the booking charges, Simpson would face up to 30 years in state prison on each robbery count alone.
“He is facing a lot of time,” said Clark County District Attorney David Roger. Simpson’s arrest came just days after the Goldman family published a book that Simpson had written under the title, “If I Did It” about how he would have committed the killings of his ex-wife and Goldman had he actually done it. After a deal for Simpson to publish it fell through, a federal bankruptcy judge awarded the book’s rights to the Goldman family, who retitled it “If I Did It: The Confessions of the Killer.”

During the weekend, the book was the hottest seller in the country, hitting No. 1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, according to The AP.  “I think he will probably get away with it,” said John Carroll University student Sarah Bals. “He should have gotten busted the first time.”