O.J. Simpson is trying to get out of prison ASAP. The disgraced former football star has spent the last five years behind bars as part of a 33-year sentence for being convicted on 12 counts, including kidnapping and armed robbery, for busting into a Las Vegas casino and attempting to reclaim items he felt belonged to him. Simpson is now pleading with a parole board to cut his prison sentence and allow him to be released early, declaring that he has been a model inmate and is ready to be released back into the world. The parole decision will be made official next week.
Speaking with Nevada parole board members via closed circuit television, Simpson described his time in prison as "painful" and pleaded with the parole board to cut his term. "I missed my two younger kids who worked hard getting through high school. I missed their college graduations," said Simpson. "I missed my sister's funeral. I missed all of the birthdays."
Simpson also said his particular crime was different from most people in his prison because he was trying to retrieve items that were allegedly taken from him, and asked the parole board to take that into account so he could be released. "They were trying to steal other people's property, they were trying to steal other people's money," the pro football hall-of-famer argued. "My crime was trying to retrieve, for my family, my own property."
But even if Simpson's prison term is cut short by the parole board, it will still be a while before he becomes a free man. The football star will still have to serve at least four more years of his prison term before being released on parole. In the worst-case scenario, Simpson would be required to spend another 28 years behind bars.
Simpson was convicted of enlisting the help of Clarence "C.J." Stewart and four other men to get back sports memorabilia from dealers Bruce Fromong and Al Beardsley, which he felt belonged to him. The men cornered the memorabilia dealers in a room at a Las Vegas casino in September 2007, brandishing weapons but not firing them. Stewart stood alongside Simpson in the trial, but the four men testified against Simpson in exchange for receiving probation.
Simpson was infamously given a not guilty verdict in October 1995 for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman. In November 2006, Simpson signed a book deal to release If I Did It, which was a hypothetical confession, but the book release was cancelled due to public outrage. Goldman's father later won the publishing rights to the book in July 2007 and published it under the title If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer.