Las Vegas Sun

August 21, 2014

Currently: 81° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Clark County prosecutors: Keep O.J. locked up

Click to enlarge photo

This is O.J. Simpson's booking photo in Nevada's High Desert State Prison.

Sun coverage

CARSON CITY – O.J. Simpson, sentenced to 33 years for robbing collectible dealers in Las Vegas, is a flight risk if he is allowed on bail, says the Clark County District Attorney’s Office.

Attorneys for the former football star filed a petition with the Nevada Supreme Court last week, asking that Simpson be released on bail while his appeal is considered.

Simpson, 61, is serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center.

Steven S. Owens, chief deputy district attorney for Clark County, said Simpson wants to return to Florida during his appeal to the Supreme Court. He said this would “further hinder the state’s ability to supervise him and increase the likelihood of flight.”

Owens said the district judge in Clark County previously denied the request for bail.

“Simpson has exhibited previous contempt for court orders and failed to follow conditions of his previous bail,” Owens said.

Lawyers for Simpson filed their opening brief on appeal, saying District Judge Jackie Glass made numerous errors during the trial and the conviction should be overturned.

Simpson was found guilty of kidnapping, robbery, use of a deadly weapon, assault and conspiracy. He and his companions entered the room at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas and took property from Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley.

Simpson claimed the property had been stolen from him previously.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

No trusted comments have been posted.