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OJ Simpson gets 15 years for robbery, kidnapping

world Updated: Dec 06, 2008 01:27 IST

American football legend O J Simpson was today sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping during a raid on a Las Vegas hotel room last year.

The former football star was convicted by a jury in Las Vegas on October 3 of storming into a down-market casino hotel last year along with a gun-totting group and seizing sports memorabilia from the two dealers worth thousands of dollars.

Before the judge pronounced the verdict, 61-year-old Simpson, with tears rolling down his eyes, apologised for the robbery in September 2007 at the Palace Station Hotel.

"I stand here today sorry, somewhat confused. I feel apologetic to people of state of Nevada," Simpson said.

Judge Jackie Glass said Simpson's contrite words in court were not as powerful as his angry words, as caught on tape, during the confrontation.

"Earlier in this case, at a bail hearing, I said to Simpson I didn't know if he was arrogant, ignorant or both," Glass said. "During the trial and through this proceeding I got the answer, and it was both."