O.J. Simpson’s lawyers are asking that he receive the minimum sentence of six years in prison for his October robbery and kidnapping conviction, calling a recommendation of 18 years “inappropriate and knee-jerk,” reports the AP.
Simpson was found guilty on October 3 in the armed robbery of two memorabilia dealers at the Palace Station hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The 61-year-old former football star and his co-defendant, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, are scheduled for sentencing on Friday and could face life in prison for their conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping, robbery and assault convictions.
“Simpson has never previously been convicted of a crime. Thus, he now stands before the court as a first-time offender,” defense attorney Gabriel Grasso told the judge in court papers filed in advance of Friday’s sentencing hearing.
Grasso called for Simpson to be given the minimum term of six years behind bars, adding, “Such a sentence would be a sufficient reflection of both the nature of the case as well as the first-time offender status of the defendant.”
A report filed by the probation officials has not been made public, but according to the defense, it calls for Simpson and Stewart, 54, to be sentenced to 18 years behind bars.