Wondering Why?

Why is OJ Simpson in Jail?

Originally gaining fame as a successful running back for University of Southern California’s football team, OJ Simpson eventually graduated to the NFL.  Also known as ‘The Juice,, OJ Simpson was the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, a feat he accomplished in 1973. He has been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as of 1985.

OJ Simpson also ventured into acting even before he ended his career with NFL. He had parts and in many TV mini-series and major movies. Some notable acting credits included roles in the Towering Inferno and the popular cop comedic trilogy, the Naked Gun.

OJ Simpson was generally seen as a very amiable and charismatic person, an image that was shattered in the 1990s when he was charged with the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. The trial was one of the most publicized events in American TV and was dubbed as the trial of the century.

OJ Simpson was eventually acquitted in 1995 after a lengthy and highly publicized trial. However, controversy would continue to follow this once loved athlete and actor. Despite growing public sentiment that he had gotten away with murder and a seeming confession in the book ‘If I Did It,, a book released in 2006 that was supposed to be a first person fictional account of the Brown and Goldman murders, OJ Simpson would not go to jail because of that crime.

In September 2007, a room in the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas was broken into by a group on men led was allegedly led by OJ Simpson to take back some sports memorabilia. OJ Simpson admitted to taking the items but denied breaking into the room or using a gun. He was eventually arrested and charged with several crimes including kidnapping and armed robbery. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison in 2008 and would need to serve at least 9 years in jail before he becomes eligible for parole.

OJ Simpson is now currently serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center as inmate #1027820.

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