Simpson's Co-defendent Takes Plea

Las Vegas NV. Oct. 15, 2007
A co-defendant in the armed robbery case against O.J. Simpson took a plea deal today in Las Vegas.
Charles Cashmore of Las Vegas told a judge he'll plead guilty to a felony and testify against Simpson and four others in the theft of sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers.
The agreement ups the ante in the prosecution of Simpson because Cashmore's lawyer says Cashmore can testify that guns were involved in the September 13th confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel room.
Simpson and his lawyers have denied guns were in the room. Procedurally, Cashmore waived his preliminary hearing and agreed to plead guilty to being an accessory to robbery. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Junior is expected to set an arraignment date for Cashmore in Clark County District Court where his plea will be entered.
Simpson and the others are slated next month for a preliminary hearing at which Bonaventure will decide whether there is In Cashmore's case, prosecutors will be able to ask a judge for leniency or seek up to five years in prison. Cashmore's lawyer, Edward Miley, says the two sides did not agree on a possiblesentence before today's proceedings.
Miley has characterized Cashmore as a bit player enlisted at the last minute to carry boxes for Simpson, who has claimed at least some of the items taken from collectors Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong belong to him.

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