Two co-defendant in the OJ Simpson armed robbery case have struck a plea agreement that reduces the criminal charges against them. As part of their respective agreements, Walter Alexander and Charles H. Cashmore will testify against the former football hero and other co-defendants in the case.
Cashmore has agreed to plead guilty to an accessory to robbery charge. His arraignment will take place on October 23. Cashmore’s defense attorney claims that his client met Simpson just minutes before the alleged armed robbery took place and did not know what he was getting involved in. Cashmore is expected to testify that guns were involved in the September 13 robbery. He could face up to five years in prison.
Cashmore had originally been arraigned on nine gross misdemeanor and felony charges, including armed robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, and assault with a deadly weapon. If Cashmore had been convicted on just the kidnapping charge, he would have had to serve a criminal sentence of life in prison without parole.
Cashmore already has a previous misdemeanor conviction in a 1996 embezzlement case in Utah, for which he served probation.
Alexander has agreed to plead guilty of conspiracy to commit a robbery, which is a felony crime. He faces up to six years in prison.
Simpson and several others were arrested for their alleged participation in an armed robbery cases involving sports memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel room at the Palace Station hotel casino. Simpson says he was not robbing anyone but merely collecting items that belonged to him and had been stolen. He has denied that any weapons were used.
Other co-defendants in the case are Clarence Stewart, Charles Ehrlich, and Michael McClinton.
Second co-defendant to testify against Simpson, CNN, October 15, 2007
2nd O.J. Simpson Co-Defendants to Plead, AP, October 15, 2007
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OJ Simpson, Court TV News
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