Simpson witness in jail in LV

A convicted accomplice in the O.J. Simpson armed robbery who testified against the fallen football star has been jailed and could be sent to state prison for failing a drug test, his lawyer said Thursday.

Charles Cashmore, 41, was taken into custody on New Year's Eve and faces a hearing before the judge who let him and three other men remain free after sentencing Simpson and co-defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart to prison terms.

"He violated probation," attorney Edward Miley said, citing a state Division of Parole and Probation report that shows Cashmore had methamphetamine in his system. "The state intends to impose the suspended sentence."

In December, District Judge Jackie Glass handed Cashmore a suspended one-to-three year sentence, allowing him to remain free on three years' probation if he abided by strict behavioral rules.

Miley said a sentencing hearing before the judge was not immediately scheduled.

Cashmore, a journeyman laborer and native of Billings, Mont., was the first of four accomplices to take a plea deal in the case, after initially facing the same charges as Simpson and Stewart.

He pleaded guilty in October 2007 to a reduced charge: felony accessory to robbery.

Simpson and Stewart were found guilty Oct. 3 of all 12 charges against them, including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.


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