O.J. Simpson Seeks Parole


OJ Simpson, appearing via video monitor, in Carson City on July 25, 2013.

OJ Simpson, appearing via video monitor, in Carson City on July 25, 2013.

CARSON CITY, Nev. A graying O.J. Simpson appeared before a two member parole board panel Thursday morning via video chat from the Lovelock Correctional Center.

Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison back in 2008 after being convicted of kidnapping and robbery.

In an opening statement, Simpson said he was sorry for that night nearly five years ago.

"My intent was not to rob from anybody," he told the panel. "I knew both of these guys who had my stuff. I was a little upset with them and I think I wasn't as civil as I should have been.

Simpson was referring to the night back in robbed two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel.

" I brought some guys with me who I didn't really know, and one guy I didn't trust and that's on me," he said. "For that, I've been here 5 years and all I could do..is be as respectful and straightforward as I can be."

Though he's sorry, Simpson he shouldn't be compared with other inmates doing time for similar crimes.

"The difference between all of their crimes and mine is, they were trying to steal other people's property," he said. "They were trying to steal other people's money."

He said since his conviction, the property has been returned to him, but that he would give it all back to make up for what he has missed. Simpson choked up slightly as he mentioned major family moments that he's missed.

"I've missed my two younger kids, their college graduations, I've missed all the birthdays and various things," he said. "I would give it all back to these guys. They can have it all to get these last 5 years back."

He even noted that he missed his sister's funeral.

Simpson told the panel, made up of Parole Board Commissioner Susan Jackson and Hearing Representative Robin Bates, that when he arrived in Lovelock he was determined to be a model prisoner.

Jackson commend Simpson for remaining on good behavior.

"That is expected of you, and we appreciate that you have not had any disciplinary write up that at the institution in Lovelock," Jackson said.

Though he has missed milestones in their lives, Simpson's family continues to support him. His eldest daughter wrote a letter of support on behalf of the whole family asking the board to grant her father parole.

Jackson and Bates were expected to make their recommendation to the Parole Board today, but it could be at least a week until a decision has been made. Four out of the 7 board members will have to come to an agreement before Simpson knows if he made parole.

But if he does, he won't be free just yet.

If Simpson is granted parole he will still have to serve four more years in prison on the enhanced weapon charges stemming from the 2008 conviction.

Simpson's best chance for freedom lies with a pending decision by a Las Vegas judge. Simpson submitted a request for a retrial based on claims of inadequate representation and that his defense lawyer had a conflict of interest in the case. An answer on that is also expected within the next few weeks.


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