O.J. Simpson's booking photo
Courtesy Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept.
10/04/2008 AT 04:30 PM EDT
The family of Nicole Brown Simpson, the murdered ex-wife
of O.J. Simpson, issued a statement Saturday, a day after the former gridiron star was found guilty
of 12 criminal charges related to a Sept. 2007 armed-robbery incident
in a Las Vegas casino-hotel room.
"Our family would like to thank everyone across the country for their thoughts and prayers as we work through many mixed emotions," said the Brown family. "Our focus is on the children Sydney and Justin, whom we deeply love and cherish, and ask for the understanding of privacy at this time."
Daughter Sydney, 22, and son Justin, 20, are the children of O.J. and Nicole Simpson, who were married from 1985 to 1992.
In 1995 Simpson, now 61, was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Later, a civil jury held him liable for the killings in a wrongful-death lawsuit.