Mesa man involved in latest O.J. case gets probation

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MESA - Four former O.J. Simpson co-defendants who took plea deals and testified against Simpson have been sentenced to probation.

Judge Jackie Glass said Tuesday she accepted presentencing recommendations for no prison time for the men.

Michael McClinton, Walter Alexander, Charles Cashmore and Charles Ehrlich each pleaded guilty to lesser charges and testified about their involvement in Simpson's September 2007 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino-hotel. Alexander is from Mesa.

Each received various terms of probation ranging from three to eight years.

Simpson was transferred Monday to a Nevada state prison to begin a sentence of nine to 33 years for kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.

Clarence "C.J." Stewart was the only co-defendant who stood trial with Simpson. He was also convicted and was sentenced to 7 ½ to 27 years.