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O.J. Simpson to Answer Felony Robbery Charges in Court

Former U.S. football star O.J. Simpson has been charged with several felony crimes related to an alleged armed robbery last week in a hotel room in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas police have charged Simpson with eight counts including kidnapping, robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. If convicted, Simpson could end up spending decades in prison.

The group of four accused men face 11 charges in all. Simpson is to appear in court Wednesday to hear the charges.

Prosecutors say the suspects had guns when they allegedly burst into the hotel room of a sports souvenir collector Thursday and demanded the return of Simpson memorabilia.

Simpson has denied anyone in his party was carrying a gun and said he was in the hotel room to get back things that belonged to him.

The award-winning athlete was acquitted in 1995 of charges that he killed his former wife and her companion.

Simpson was later held liable for their deaths in a civil court and ordered to pay the victims' estates $33 million, much of which remains unpaid.

The collector in Las Vegas allegedly had a number of photographs that Simpson wanted. He also had the suit of clothes Simpson was wearing the day he was acquitted in 1995.

Another man accused in the incident has told news reporters he believes Simpson was set up by an auctioneer who allegedly made an audiotape of the incident.

One of Simpson's accusers has since suffered a heart attack and is hospitalized in intensive care.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.