OJ Simpson makes appeal for parole

Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson is appearing before a parole board to ask to be released after nine years in a Nevada prison.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, is serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and 11 other charges.

The sentence, which carries a maximum of 33 years, stems from a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.

Simpson, 70, had said he was only trying to reclaim his possessions.

The former Hall of Fame running back was found guilty in 2008 – exactly 13 years to the day after he was famously acquitted for the killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

He and a group of five others stormed into a hotel room to confront two sports-memorabilia collectors to seize items that he claimed belonged to him from his own career.

“I didn’t mean to hurt anybody and I didn’t mean to steal from anybody,” he told the judge at the time.

The hearing for Prisoner 1027820 is happening at the Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium security prison in the Nevada desert.

If four out of seven members of the parole board vote in favour of his release, he could be free by October.

Experts believe he is likely to be approved for release, after a record of good behaviour at the Lovelock prison.

In 2013 the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners granted him parole on some of his convictions, but for not the more violent charges.

Bruce Fromong, who one of Simpson’s victims in the robbery, is expected to testify in favour of his release.

As Thursday’s hearing began, a member of the parole board told him: “Mr Simpson, you are getting the same hearing everyone else gets.”

The prisoner laughed and said in a husky voice: “Thank you, ma’am.”

Source: bbc