The once all-American sporting hero OJ Simpson is finally going to jail.
He is going to appeal against his up to 33 years sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping, but even if successful it is unlikely he will get less than 15 years and will serve at least five before being considered for parole.
“It’s a sad day when anyone goes to prison and we fully expect Mr.Simpson to prevail on the issues that we are raising in his appeal, but in terms of sentence it was incredibly fair and, you know, appropriate,” says his lawyer.
That sounds like an admission of defeat. Aged 61, Simpson will leave jail a very old man, or will die there. The father of one of his alleged victims from his 90s murder trial is unforgiving
“There’s never closure. Ron is always gone, and what we have is satisfaction that this monster is where he belongs, behind bars,” says Fred Goldman.
Simpson has gone from role model to public enemy number one for some. Widely thought to have escaped the murder charge through clever lawyers, this time he could not foil justice.