Valdosta Daily Times

Top News

July 31, 2013

O.J. Simpson regrets going after memorabilia

CARSON CITY, Nev. — O.J. Simpson pleaded for leniency recently, telling a parole panel he deeply regretted robbing two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room and has tried to be a model inmate while behind bars.

"I just wish I never went to that room," he said. "I wish I just said keep it."

Simpson, 66, said he's been an upstanding inmate while serving his time at Lovelock Correction Center 90 miles east of Reno, where he has been since 2008 when he was sentenced to up to 33 years.

Simpson said during his 15-minute presentation that he shouldn't be compared with other inmates doing time for similar crimes.

"The difference between all of their crimes and mine is, they were trying to steal other people's property," he said. "They were trying to steal other people's money.

"My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property," he said. "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."

Simpson was sentenced to consecutive terms on several charges. But some of his sentences were ordered to run concurrently — two counts each of kidnapping and robbery and one count of burglary.

As a result, even if the Nevada Parole Board ruled in his favor on those charges, he would then begin serving sentences attached to other charges and spend at least another four years in prison.

Simpson was the only person to speak on his behalf. No victims spoke.

While in prison, Simpson said, he has missed his children, graduations and his sister's funeral.

He also told the two-member parole panel that he has spoken at length with Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong — the two dealers targeted in the holdup. He acknowledged that he was "not as civil as I should have been" while trying to regain the property.

"I knew both of these guys who had my stuff," Simpson said. "I am sorry for what has happened. ... I've apologized. They've apologized."

Simpson appeared for 15 minutes before Parole Commissioner Susan Jackson and hearing representative Robin Bates. They were expected to make a recommendation to the full parole board later and a final decision is expected next week.

His best chance for freedom lies with a pending decision by a Las Vegas judge on whether to grant him a new trial based on claims that his trial lawyer botched his defense and had a conflict of interest in the case.

Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell held a weeklong hearing in May on the issue that featured testimony from Simpson.

His current lawyers, Patricia Palm and Ozzie Fumo, also presented evidence and questioned witnesses, including trial lawyer Yale Galanter, about whether he knew in advance about the September 2007 plan for Simpson and several other men to confront the memorabilia dealers.

Simpson argues that he was trying to retrieve items stolen from him after his 1995 "trial of the century" in Los Angeles when he was acquitted of murder in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife and her friend..

Bell hasn't indicated when she plans to issue her decision, but told a KSNV-TV interviewer for a segment aired this week that she still had "some writing to do."

___

Associated Press writer Ken Ritter in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Valdosta Daily Times e-Edition, or our print edition

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Kingston’s loss means less clout for Ga.

    For two decades, Rep. Jack Kingston was a congressman who routinely crushed his opponents on election night — winning a new term every other year with vote totals between 63 and 77 percent.

    July 28, 2014

  • IMG_3745.jpeg Gas leak on West Adair

    A gas leak has occured on West Adair Street, between Tombs and Oak Street. The leak began just after 11 a.m.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • salmonella 2 copy.jpg Trial nears for suspects in salmonella case

    Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • AP4507280123 copy.jpg Today in History for Monday, July 28, 2014
    Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year. 
     

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Commercial driver training program expanding

    Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell announced recently an expansion of the commercial driver training program administered by the Agency’s Regulatory Compliance Division. DDS will now offer a Commercial Driver License (CDL) Instructor Training Class for customers who have applied to be CDL instructors. The session will provide additional guidance as the applicants prepare for the final exam.

    July 28, 2014

  • Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

    July 27, 2014

  • Heat advisory for much of South Georgia

    A heat advisory is in place for much of South Georgia until 7 p.m.

    July 27, 2014

  • 2 injured in western Georgia small plane crash

    Fire officials say two people were hospitalized after small plane crash in western Georgia. 

     

    July 27, 2014

  • Nuclear Construction_Rich(1) copy.jpg Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

    The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source.
    So far, it’s not working.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deadline nears for alligator hunt

    Gator hunting is no longer reserved for University of Georgia sports fans, but hunters must file applications by the end of July.

    July 27, 2014

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results