O.J. Simpson has put in a plea to have his sentence reduced and parole granted earlier, and the parole board will meet and give him an answer in two weeks.
Simpson says he’s missed out on so much during his five years of incarceration, and he feels it isn’t fair since his crimes were dramatically different from the other men doing time in the same prison. He was busted in a Vegas casino, trying to steal items he claimed rightfully belonged to him–mostly sports memorabilia–and was charged with kidnapping and armed robbery, among other things.
“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,” Simpson said. “My crime was trying to retrieve, for my family, my own property. I missed my two younger kids who worked hard getting through high school, I missed their college graduations. I missed my sister’s funeral. I missed all the birthdays.”
Initially, Simpson was sentenced to anywhere between 9 and 33 years, but if the parole board grants a decision in his favor, he might be out in less than four. He says he’s been a model prisoner, acting as a counselor to inmates who come to him with their problems, working as a coach for prison games, and helping out in the gym.
Alternate juror Tony Bommarito says he thinks the maximum sentence seems excessive for Simpson’s crime, and wonders if the jurors were remembering his other trial…the one that went down in history books and divided the country. Simpson was convicted of the robbery on October 3, 2008, the 13th anniversary of his acquittal in the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Goldman.