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Emily Welker, Published July 01 2013

O.J. Simpson’s ex-girlfriend fails to show for jail in Clay County

MOORHEAD – O.J. Simpson’s ex-girlfriend failed to report to jail as ordered by a Clay County judge on Friday to begin serving a 34-day sentence on a burglary and drug possession conviction.

Clay County District Court Judge Steven Cahill denied a request by Christie Prody, 38, at her Friday sentencing hearing to wait until Monday to report to jail because her mother had to work and she had no one to care for her 2-year-old daughter.

Cahill denied the request after Clay County prosecutor Lori Conroy told him that court procedure typically requires defendants to report to jail the day that they’re sentenced. Cahill ordered Prody to report to the Clay County Jail by 7 p.m. Friday.

Jail officials said Monday morning that Prody was not in their custody. Her mother, with whom both Prody and her child live in Erhard, said Prody had left her daughter in her care.

Lt. Chad Hagen of the warrants division of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department said Monday he expected a warrant to be issued for Prody’s arrest soon.

Prody was set to begin serving a 45-day sentence on second-degree burglary and fifth-degree possession of drugs, both felonies. She was given credit for 11 days already served. She was also ordered to serve 10 years of probation.

The terms of the sentence are in exchange for a guilty plea that Prody entered in May after being accused in April 2012 of breaking into a Moorhead couple’s home to steal drugs. Court documents say Prody worked for the couple for several months as an in-home care assistant.

In November 2012, Prody was charged in Cass County District Court with Class B felony robbery after police said she tried to steal a woman’s purse at West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo, which led to a fight between the two women.

She’ll be on supervised probation for two years after pleading guilty to the Cass County charge in March.

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