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O.J. Simpson is appearing before a parole board to ask to be released after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The former football star, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, is serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

The sentence, which carries a maximum of 33 years, stems from a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.

O.J. Simpson, 70, had said he was only trying to reclaim his possessions.

He was found guilty in 2008 – exactly 13 years to the day after he was famously acquitted for the killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.


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O.J. Simpson and a group of five others stormed into a hotel room to confront two sports-memorabilia collectors to seize items that he claimed belonged to him from his own career.

The hearing for Prisoner 1027820 is happening at the Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium security prison in the Nevada desert.

Parole panelist Connie Bisbee told him as July 20 hearing began: “Mr. Simpson, you are getting the same hearing that everyone else gets.”

“Sure,” he replied in a husky voice with a shrug and a smile.

“Thank you, ma’am.”

O.J. Simpson told parole officials that the objects he took from the Las Vegas hotel room were later ruled by officials to legally belong to him.

One panelist asked: “So you believe that the property was yours?”

“It’s been ruled legally by the state of California,” he responded, leaning forward and raising his voice.

O.J. Simpson said the belongings, which he described as images of his family and friends, was later handed over to him by officials.

“It’s kind of mind-boggling that they turned over to me property that I’m in jail for, for trying to retrieve.”

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If four out of seven members of the parole board vote in favor of his release, he could be free by October.

Experts believe O.J. Simpson is likely to be approved for release, after a record of good behavior at the Lovelock prison.

Another panelist asked the former football star if he had completed a specific self-improvement course since his last parole hearing.

O.J. Simpson said he had not, but that he had taken another course called “alternative to violence”.

“I think it’s the most important course anyone in this prison can take because it teaches you how to deal with conflict through conversation,” he said.

“I’ve spent a conflict-free life,” he continued, when asked if he had completed an anti-violence course.

O.J. Simpson also told the commissioners he had had helped establish a Baptist prayer event, adding: “I could have been a better Christian.”

He also rejected the suggestion that he had an alcohol problem.

In 2013, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners granted O.J. Simpson parole on some of his convictions, but for not the more violent charges.

Bruce Fromong, who one of O.J. Simpson’s victims in the robbery, is expected to testify in favor of his release.

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John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, faces his seventh parole hearing later this week.

Mark David Chapman, now 57, was jailed for 20 years to life after he confessed to shooting the Beatles singer outside his New York apartment in 1980.

He has come up for parole every two years since 2000 and has been turned down each time. In 2010, officials said his release remained “inappropriate”.

A decision on whether to release Mark David Chapman will likely be made public by the end of the week, a prison spokeswoman said.

John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, faces his seventh parole hearing later this week

John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, faces his seventh parole hearing later this week

Mark David Chapman’s interviews with the parole board will take place at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Alden, New York, where he is currently held.

He was transferred to the facility in May this year, where he was understood to have been placed in protective custody, though the reason was never made public.

In the past, John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono is among those who have urged New York state officials to keep him behind bars, saying she fears for her own life and that of her two sons.

The former security guard, who has a history of mental illness, claims to have undergone a religious conversion while in prison.

On his last attempt at release – in September 2010 – Mark David Chapman is understood to have told the parole board he believed that “by killing John Lennon I would become somebody”.

“I wasn’t thinking clearly,” Mark David Chapman stated.

“I made a horrible decision to end another human being’s life, for reasons of selfishness.”

“I felt that by killing John Lennon I would become somebody and instead of that I became a murderer and murderers are not somebodies,” he said.

Denying parole at the time, the board cited his “disregard” for human life, adding: “This premeditated, senseless and selfish act of tragic consequence… leads to the conclusion that your discretionary release remains inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community.”