LAS VEGAS - In a city where luck means everything, O.J. Simpson came out the big loser — and his unlucky number in a case full of bizarre twists was 13.
He was convicted of an armed robbery that happened on Sept. 13 and was found guilty on the 13th anniversary of his Los Angeles murder acquittal of all 12 counts against him. The Las Vegas jury deliberated for 13 hours after a 13-day trial. He could be sentenced to life in prison.
And then, as only the sobs of Simpson's sister broke the silence late Friday, the lights went out.
Court marshals flipped on flashlights and shouted for everyone to stay seated. Only the judge knew what had happened. It was 11 p.m. and the courthouse lights had shut down automatically.
"Timed out," Judge Jackie Glass said in a fitting epitaph for the story of O.J. Simpson, which has long haunted America.
The 61-year-old Hall of Fame football star was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges for gathering five men a year ago and storming a room at a hotel-casino to seize Simpson sports mementos — including game balls, plaques and photos — from two collectors. Prosecutors said two of the men with him were armed; one said Simpson had asked him to bring a gun.
It's ironic that a man who got away with cold-blooded murder would finally be put away over some sports memorabilia!
O.J., can you see that it was your arrogance that finally brought you down?
O.J., can you see that the penitentiary only sells soap on a rope?
O.J., can see when they turn out the prison light,
Who's poking your behind in the middle of the night?