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Man charged for possession of stolen Heisman Trophy

On Sept. 2, a 56-year-old California man was charged after he was accused of being involved in the theft of a Heisman Trophy more than 20 years ago. The report stated that the Heisman Trophy duplicate in question was won by O.J. Simpson and was being displayed at the University of Southern California when it was stolen.

The items were allegedly stolen in 1994 when Simpson was in the middle of a homicide investigation when he was accused of killing his former wife and another person. The items had been moved to storage but were later put back into the display at Heritage Hall. A custodian later noticed that the trophy, the plaque and a jersey were missing. The items were recovered by LAPD investigators at the end of 2014.

The man was taken into police custody after he was accused of attempting to sell the Heisman Trophy and a plaque in 2014. He pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen property. If he is convicted, he faces up to six years in prison. It was not reported how the alleged stolen items were recovered.

A person who has been accused of possession of stolen property may potentially be facing a prison sentence depending on the value of the alleged stolen items. An attorney may potentially provide a strong defense by arguing that the person who was found in possession of the property did not have knowledge that the items were stolen. Otherwise, the attorney may have the ability to work out a plea deal that reduces the severity of any potential punishments in exchange for the defendant cooperating with authorities who are conducting an investigation into the actual theft.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, “Man Pleads Not Guilty to Theft of O.J. Simpson 1968 Heisman Trophy“, Jonathan Lloyd, Sept. 3, 2015

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.