Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

OJ Simpson parole commissioner wearing Chiefs tie at hearing

OJ Simpson parole commissioner wearing Chiefs tie at hearing

Simpson told them he was sorry for the armed robbery and kidnapping that landed him in prison in 2008.

Image #: 22387165 O.J. Simpson stands at the end of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada May 17, 2013.

Simpson's hearing was in the state of Nevada he committed his robbery in Las Vegas, but requested to live in Florida with the rest of his family if he granted parole.

Although Simpson reportedly has said that, once freed, he would "never step foot in Nevada again", he told the board: "I could easily stay in Nevada but I don't think you guys want me here", as he laughed.

"I'm not a guy that has conflicts on the street", Simpson said. Simpson is expected to be freed from Lovelock Correctional Center sometime in October 2017. "Tell her I wanted to call her but I don't call anybody from here other than my family". By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia he claimed had been stolen from him.

Thirty miles south of Reno, Nev., four members of the Nevada Board of Parole will huddle in the board's office in Carson City for the hearing.

"I think Justin and Sydney are terrific kids", he says, adding that he hasn't spoken to Simpson at all, or anybody involved with the trial.

The prisoner himself said he just wanted to spend more time with his four children.

"I haven't made any excuses in the nine years that I have been here, and I'm not trying to make any excuse now".

Simpson said that his knowledge of computers has prepped him with the skills to make a video blog about his life. He isn't ideal, she said, but the last nine years have been tough on the family.

"I've got to say, it's odd to hear his voice".

"I've been asked to mediate conflicts in the prison", he said, "and it gave me tools to use and walk these guys through instead of throwing punches at one another". However, many feel that Simpson should remain behind bars for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman. "I'd just like to get back to my family and friends - believe it or not, I do have some real friends - and I tried to be helpful to everybody". Made in America included an interview with a juror from the murder trial, who said Simpson's acquittal was payback for King's treatment (though another juror disputed that). In September the maligned lead prosecutor Marcia Clark was at the Emmy Awards in support of "The People vs. O.J. Simpson"; her eyes welled with tears when the actor Sarah Paulson took the stage and apologized on behalf of a judgmental nation.

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