Speaking of people who got away with murder, where is O.J. Simpson these days?
O.J. Simpson is 66 and has spent nearly all of his seventh decade in a Nevada prison after his conviction on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges for busting into a Las Vegas casino to try to reclaim items he felt were rightfully his.
And he’s had enough.
His nearly five years in custody “have been somewhat illuminating at times and painful a lot of times,” Simpson told two Nevada parole board members Thursday via closed-circuit TV from prison.
“I missed my two younger kids who worked hard getting through high school, I missed their college graduations,” he said, seemingly emotional as he talked. “I missed my sister’s funeral. I missed all the birthdays.”
The football legend could learn whether he’ll have less time to spend in prison in two weeks, when the parole board comes back with its decision.
O.J.’s not in jail for the crime people believe he really did:
He’s in jail because he knew he got away with murder, so he figured he could get away with kidnapping, robbery and holding a guy at gunpoint over memorabilia.
“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,” the pro football hall-of-famer argued. “My crime was trying to retrieve, for my family, my own property.”
A Nevada jury, however, didn’t see it that way. They convicted him on October 3, 2008 — the 13th anniversary of his controversial acquittal in the 1994 killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.
The former Heisman Trophy winner, record-setting NFL running back and movie actor had enlisted the help of Clarence “C.J.” Stewart and four others to get sports memorabilia that Simpson claimed belonged to him from dealers Bruce Fromong and Al Beardsley.
The six men confronted the dealers in a room at Las Vegas’ Palace Station Hotel and Casino on September 13, 2007, brandishing weapons but not firing them.
Four of those men testified against Simpson — each getting probation in exchange for his testimony — while Stewart stood trial alongside him.
And the end result, 13 years after he was acquitted for the murders:
A lesson to anyone who does get away with murder, then commits another crime. And in terms of getting out of jail any time sooner? Don’t count on it.