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Emily Welker, Published June 28 2013

O.J. Simpson’s ex says at Clay sentencing hearing sobriety 'at top of list'

MOORHEAD – A woman who dated O.J. Simpson after he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife was sentenced Friday to a 34-day sentence for a burglary and drug conviction.

“I’m comfortable with it,” Christie Prody said of the sentence after the hearing. “But right now I have to focus on my little girl.”

Prody, 38, of Erhard, was sentenced in Clay County District Court to serve 45 days in jail, with credit for 11 days already served, as well as 10 years of probation.

Those terms are in exchange for her guilty plea in May to felony charges of second-degree burglary and of fifth-degree possession of drugs. She was accused in April 2012 of stealing prescription pills from a Moorhead couple while working as an in-home care assistant.

Later that year, in November, she was charged in Cass County District Court with Class B felony robbery after police said she tried to steal a woman’s purse at the West Acres Mall in Fargo, which led to a fight between the two. She’ll be on supervised probation for two years after pleading guilty to the Cass County charge in March.

“I spent five months in Cass County – I know it was the Lord putting me there in a safe place and for that I’m grateful,” said Prody at her sentencing in Clay County court Friday. “I have a little girl to raise on my own. I have to stand up – I’m the only one left.”

Prody asked the court if she could be allowed to report to jail Monday, since her mother, with whom she and her 2-year-old daughter live, was not available to provide child care through the weekend.

Clay County prosecutor Lori Conroy would not agree to the delay, saying, “This is a serious matter that the state takes seriously,” adding that defendants are usually required to turn themselves in the day they’re sentenced.

Judge Steven Cahill denied Prody’s request but granted her release from jail in order to attend Josef’s School of Hair Design.

“Ms. Prody, I hope you do take your chemical dependency very seriously because it’s going to ruin your life,” said Cahill, and pointing out that future violations of the law could land her in prison.

Prody’s attorney, Ken Kludt, said Prody had become addicted to methamphetamines and oxycodone while in a relationship with another drug addict.

Kludt pointed out his client had completed an eight-week program at Centre Inc., a residential treatment center in Fargo.

“She’s going to be on probation a significant amount of time,” he said, “and she has a 2-year-old child who we’re hoping benefits from this.”

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Prody told the judge she is on a waiting list for Sister’s Path, a long-term housing and chemical dependency treatment facility in Fargo.

“I would like to agree with Mr. Kludt,” she said. “I am putting my sobriety at the top of the list.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541