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Simpson, co-defendant face 18 years at sentencing

12/2/2008

LAS VEGAS -- State authorities are recommending that O.J.
Simpson and a co-defendant be sentenced to 18 years in prison for
the gunpoint robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia
dealers, according to documents filed Tuesday.

Lawyers for the former NFL star and Clarence "C.J" Stewart
filed briefs asking Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass for
minimum prison terms of six years when she sentences the two men
Friday.

A brief filed by Stewart's lawyer refers to a confidential
recommendation by the state Parole and Probation Division that the
two men serve sentences totaling 18 years for two counts of
kidnapping with a deadly weapon and two counts of armed robbery.

Kidnapping convictions call for mandatory prison time, and each
count carries a six-year sentence. Armed robbery charges each carry
three-year sentences.

"We would like the judge to take our recommendation to heart
and sentence [Simpson] to the minimum, six years," Simpson lawyer
Gabriel Grasso said after filing his brief in response to the
recommendation.

Glass is not bound by the report and could sentence each of the
men to the maximum term of life in prison.

The brief filed by Stewart's lawyer, Brent Bryson, asked the
judge to disregard the state's recommendation.

"Stewart submits that given his minimal participation in the
events ... as well as his lack of any prior criminal convictions,
that [he] be sentenced to the minimum," the brief said.

The brief indicates that the state is recommending concurrent
terms for the other charges for which the two men were convicted,
including conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and
coercion.

A jury on Oct. 3 convicted Simpson and Stewart of all 12 charges
against them in the Sept. 13, 2007, confrontation with the two
sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel room.

Simpson maintained he went to the room to retrieve personal
items, family photos and sports mementos that had been stolen from
him years earlier.

Prosecutors did not submit a sentencing memorandum to the court.
District Attorney David Roger has declined to comment about the
case.

Simpson, 61, and Stewart, 54, are being held at the Clark County
jail in Las Vegas.

Simpson was famously acquitted of murder in Los Angeles in the
1994 slaying of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend
Ronald Goldman.