#1 O.J. Simpson Pleads With Parole Board To Be Released Early
After his conviction of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges for breaking into a Las Vegas casino to retrieve items, O.J. Simpson has stated his prison term should be cut shorter. In front of two Nevada parole boarder members on Thursday via closed-circuit television from prison, Simpson commented on his five years in custody which "have been somewhat illuminating at times and painful a lot of times". <!--more-->"I missed my two younger kids who worked hard getting through high school," he said. "I missed their college graduations. I missed my sister's funeral. I missed all the birthdays." As reports state, if a majority of the seven on the parole board vote in his favour, Simpson could be subjected to serving only four more years of his term. At worst, the 66-year-old could remain locked up as his 2008 conviction sentenced him to 33 years in prison. Simpson was convicted on October 3th, 2008 as he had enlisted the help of Clarence Stewart and four others to get sports memorabilia that Simpson claimed belonged to him. The six men confronted dealers in a room at Las Vegas' Palace Station Hotel And Casino on September 13th, 2007, brandishing weapons but not firing them. Four of those men testified against the former NFL running back in exchange for probation, and in light of his conviction, Simpson said his case stands out when compared to other inmates. "The difference between all of their crimes and mine is that they were trying to steal other people's property, they were trying to steal other people's money," argued Simpson. "My crime was trying to retrieve, for my family, my own property."