O.J. Simpson will head back to court Monday to fight for his freedom, The Associated Press reports.
In 2008, Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison for robbing a Las Vegas hotel room, though he claimed he was simply retaking personal memorabilia that had been stolen from him.
Simpson, 65, will go before a judge Monday to argue his representation in the original trial was so poor that his conviction should be overturned and that he should be given a new trial. Simpson's request for a retrial is based on 18 claims of ineffective counsel and conflict of interest, including a plea deal he says he was never informed of. Simpson also alleges that his attorney had counseled him before the memorabilia incident, saying that Simpson was within his legal rights.
In 2007, Simpson was in Vegas for a friend's wedding when he heard some men were selling his memorabilia. According to trial testimony, Simpson and five friends went to the hotel room where he realized he knew the dealers and accused them of stealing the mementos from him. He ordered no one to leave the room - a statement which a judge counted as kidnapping. During the incident, one of Simpson's aquaintences pulled out a gun, but no one was injured.
Simpson received the maximum sentence. The former football star has already served four years of his sentence, but he isn't eligible for parole for another five, at which point he would be 70.
The men in Simpson's entourage received plea deals and testified against him. Simpson's co-defendant in the trial, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, served over two years before his conviction was overturned on the basis that he should have been tried separately from the famous athlete.
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