O.J. Simpson Co-defendant Gets Drug Warning

,LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada judge gave a former O.J. Simpson
co-defendant a stern warning and a break Tuesday, ordering him to
attend an inpatient drug treatment program instead of sending him
to prison for a probation violation.

"I'll give you an opportunity to take care of the issues
regarding drug usage," Clark County District Court Judge Jackie
Glass told 41-year-old Charles Cashmore after he was brought to
court in handcuffs.

Cashmore was arrested on New Year's Eve after testing positive
for methamphetamine, a violation of strict probation Glass gave him
in the Simpson case of armed robbery and kidnapping.

Cashmore was the first of four Simpson accomplices to take a
plea deal in the case, after initially facing the same charges as
Simpson and Clarence "C.J." Stewart.

Cashmore, a journeyman laborer originally from Billings, Mont.,
testified against the former football star at his trial last year
and pleaded guilty in October 2007 to a reduced felony, accessory
to robbery.

Simpson, 61, and Stewart, 55, were convicted of kidnapping and
robbing two sports memorabilia dealers in September 2007 at a Las
Vegas casino-hotel. Simpson was sentenced to nine to 33 years in
prison.

"Don't violate your probation any longer because the next place
you're going to take care of your drug issues is prison," Glass
told Cashmore on Tuesday.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger did not oppose the
move.

Cashmore's lawyer, Edward Miley, told the judge that Cashmore
has completed "chemical dependency courses" during the 60 days
he's been held at the Clark County jail.

Miley said Cashmore will spend at least 30 days in the Salvation
Army inpatient drug program.

Simpson is serving his sentence at a medium-security prison in
Lovelock in northern Nevada. Stewart is serving 7 1/2 to 27 year
sentence at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs.


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