Watch: O.J. Simpson pleads for leniency at Nevada parole hearing

by ALEX POMPLIANO

Watch the entire O. J. Simpson Parole Board hearing from July 25, 2013 in Carson City:

O.J. Simpson, the former football star is just as well-known for his criminal past, said today he regrets the crime that put him into a Nevada jail cell.

O.J. Simpson appears at an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on May 17 in Las Vegas. / AP Photo

O.J. Simpson appears at an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on May 17 in Las Vegas. / AP Photo


During a brief, 20-minute hearing, the 66-year-old told Nevada parole officials that he’s been a model prisoner and asked for leniency. Parole officials are expected to rule on the request by next week.

Simpson has been at Lovelock Correction Center, about 90 miles from Reno, since 2008, when he was sentenced to up to 33 years on a variety of charges stemming from what he said was an attempt to regain his sports memorabilia from dealers. He was eventually convicted on charges including kidnapping, robbery and burglary.

However, according to spokesman David Smith, even if Simpson wins a favorable ruling, he would still have to serve years in prison. However, if the board rules in his favor, Simpson would shave three years off his prison sentencing.

Simpson has also sought a new trial on the charges, arguing that his then-lawyer, Yale Galanter, performed undesirably. Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell held a weeklong hearing on the issue in May.

Simpson said the Nevada incident came about because he was trying to reclaim his stolen property and originally called his actions part of a “sting” designed to recover valuable mementos of his sports career.

It is not known when a ruling will be issued.

The L.A. Times contributed to this report.



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