OJ: I'm the Best Prisoner They Ever Had

Argues good behavior at parole hearing

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 26, 2013 6:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – After five years behind bars, OJ Simpson has had enough. In front of a parole board yesterday, Simpson argued for early release from prison, where he's serving a 33-year sentence for his conviction on a dozen charges stemming from an incident in which he said he "was trying to retrieve, for my family, my own property." Clad in blue denim, the former football star argued he'd been on his best behavior, saying he promised Nevada officials "I would be the best prisoner they have ever had here ... I think, for the most part, I've kept my word on that," CNN reports.

Interestingly, even if the parole board sides with Simpson, it will still be years before he can leave the Lovelock Correction Center; he'll likely need to serve at least four more because some of his sentences run consecutively, the Los Angeles Times reports. While the decision is expected as early as next week, the New York Daily News says Simpson's "best chance for freedom" lies elsewhere: with a Las Vegas judge who is in the midst of deciding whether to grant him a new trial over claims Simpson's defense wasn't properly handled. The ruling judge this week told a reporter she still has "some writing to do."

OJ Simpson, in custody at the Lovelock Correctional Center, is on the video screen above Nevada Board of Parole hearing representative Robin Bates, left, and Commissioner Susan Jackson.   (AP Photo/Nevada Appeal, Geoff Dornan)
In this May 16, 2013 file photo, O.J. Simpson listens during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court, Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool, File)
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