July 26, 2013

O.J. tells parole panel he's sorry

From news service reports

CARSON CITY, Nev. - O.J. Simpson pleaded for leniency Thursday, 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.

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O.J. Simpson told a parole panel Thursday that he’s been a model inmate and that his crime was “trying to retrieve for my family my own property.”

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"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.

Lady Gaga will perform at MTV Video Awards

NEW YORK - Lady Gaga will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards next month. It will be one of her first appearances since having hip surgery in February.

The 27-year-old pop star will perform her new single at the Aug. 25 awards show, which will air live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., MTV announced Thursday. Gaga sang the national anthem at New York's Gay Pride last month.

She will release a new album, "ARTPOP," on Nov. 11.

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