O.J. Simpson, the former football superstar who has become just as well-known for his twists and turns through the criminal justice system, said he regrets the crime that put him into a Nevada jail cell.
Speaking to Nevada parole officials from prison Thursday, Simpson, 66, said he’s been a model prisoner and asked for leniency. Parole officials are expected to rule on the request by next week, spokesman David Smith told the Los Angeles Times.
Simpson has been at Lovelock Correction Center, about 90 miles from Reno, since 2008, when he was sentenced to up to 33 years on a variety of charges stemming from what he said was an attempt to regain his sports memorabilia from dealers. He was eventually convicted on charges including kidnapping, robbery and burglary.
While some of his sentences run concurrently, others (on two counts each of kidnapping and robbery and one count of burglary) run consecutively. So even if Simpson wins a favorable ruling, he would still have to serve years in prison, Smith said.