OJ Simpson at Parole Hearing: ‘I Am Sorry’
By Matt Guillermo
Carson City, NV (KVVU) — “I am just sorry I had to send the state of Nevada legal system through all of this, because I know it has not been fun for the people involved,” O.J. Simpson said via video conference during his parole hearing on Thursday.
A contrite Simpson appeared in the Carson City courtroom beamed from Lovelock Correctional Center in a bid to have his 2008 robbery and kidnapping sentence reduced.
He was sentenced to serve upwards of 33 years in Nevada state prison after he was convicted in connection to a hold-up at Palace Station hotel-casino in 2007.
During his hearing before the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, Simpson touted his time at Lovelock as beneficial.
“Since I came to Lovelock, I gave them my word that I would be the best prisoner they ever had,” Simpson was quoted as saying during the hearing, which was attended by many members of the media.
“I think I’ve kept my word,” Simpson continued.
Simpson, though, tried to explain his actions were far from illegal, saying he was attempting to steal back his own property during the September 2007 incident at the Palace Station hotel-casino. He did admit there was no excuse for his actions.
Thursday’s hearing is separate from his recent bid for a retrial in the case. Back in May, Simpson’s newer defense team argued on his behalf, saying his previous counsel botched his case which led to his conviction.
Clark County District Judge Linda Bell has yet to render a ruling in the retrial bid, but her decision could come any day.
FOX5 Legal Analyst Bob Massi emphasized Thursday’s hearing has nothing to do with the proceedings in May.
“[These are] two separate issues,” Massi said. “One is he’d be still under the conviction and out on parole. The other one is, post-conviction relief, is that the conviction is reversed and slated away.”
If Simpson is granted parole, he would not be immediately released, Massi noted, due to him being held on other charges. Instead, he would start serving sentences that are attached to other charges.
The board did not make an immediate decision following the hearing.