O.J. Simpson Asks for Leniency at Nevada Parole Hearing
LAS VEGAS (KTLA) — Former football star O.J. Simpson, who is serving a prison sentence for his role in a 2008 Las Vegas robbery, asked for leniency at a parole hearing Thursday.
Simpson told Nevada parole officials that he had been a model prisoner said regretted the crime that landed him in jail, according to the L.A. Times.
Officials were expected to issue a ruling by next week, spokesman David Smith told the Times.
If the Nevada parole board approves Simpson’s request, he would still have to serve other sentences related to separate charges.
Simpson contends that, in the 2008 incident, he was simply trying to retrieve memorabilia and personal items that had been stolen from him.
He is serving a maximum 33-year sentence after being convicted of first-degree kidnapping, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
A jury acquitted Simpson in the 1994 deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. In that trial, the NFL Hall of Famer was famously represented by the so-called “Dream Team,” which included lawyers Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro, Robert Kardashian and F. Lee Bailey.
Simpson has said that his legal defense in the 2008 case was lacking.
Correction: An earlier version of this article reported that Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were killed in 2004. The slayings actually took place in 1994. The story has been updated to the reflect the change.