Simpson Co-defendant: 'OJ Owes Me An Apology'

A 54-year-old man convicted along with O.J. Simpson for a gunpoint robbery at a Las Vegas hotel room said he is upset that the former football star hasn

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 54-year-old man convicted along with O.J. Simpson for a gunpoint robbery at a Las Vegas hotel room said he is
upset that the former football star hasn't apologized for dragging him into the situation.

"O.J. owes me an apology," Clarence "C.J." Stewart told the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper from the Clark County jail. "You can't play with a person's life."

Stewart and Simpson are facing the possibility of life in prison when they are sentenced Dec. 5. Stewart was convicted of the same charges as Simpson stemming from the September 2007 confrontation,
including armed robbery and kidnapping.

Stewart said he was hurt by an assumption that he and Simpson are close.

"They made it look like we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner together," Stewart said.

Stewart said he has known Simpson about six years through golf and business interactions.

Stewart said he was initially near Simpson at the Clark County Detention Center but the two are now living in different areas.

He says the guards have treated him well and he spends time counseling younger inmates.

"The food isn't great," said Stewart, who said he eats potatoes daily.

Stewart's lawyer has said he plans to appeal to the Nevada Supreme court after Simpson and Stewart are sentenced. Stewart already lost one attempt to get a new trial based on jury misconduct, and was denied multiple attempts to separate his case from Simpson's.
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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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