O.J. Simpson has spent the last five years in prison, after being convicted for kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in connection with a Las Vegas incident, in which he went into a hotel room to take back sports memorabilia he says was his property.
Now the former football player and acquitted murder suspect is speaking his own behalf, pleading for early parole from his 33-year sentence, local affiliate KSNV reports. “I missed my two younger kids who worked hard getting through high school, I missed their college graduations,” he says, “I missed my sister’s funeral. I missed all the birthdays.”
Simpson maintains that his case is not comparable to others convicted of similar charges. “The difference between all of their crimes and mine is, they were trying to steal other people’s property,” he explains, “My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property.” Still, O.J. admits he wouldn’t do it again if given the opportunity, saying, “Make no mistake I would give it all back to these guys. They can have it all to get these five years of my life back.”
Even if the parole board does grant Simpson parole, he won’t be walking out of prison any time soon, as some of his charges come with sentences that run consecutively. Should his current sentence be cut down, he still has at least another four years for the other charges before he’s released.
By that time, Simpson will be 70 years old.