Niagara Gazette — "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, mentioning how he has missed his children, graduations and his sister's funeral. "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."
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."
He was the only person to speak on his behalf. No victims spoke.
Parole Commissioner Susan Jackson and hearing representative Robin Bates were expected to make a recommendation to the full parole board later Thursday and a final decision is expected next week.
His current lawyers, Patricia Palm and Ozzie Fumo, 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."