O.J. Simpson makes final plea for freedom: 'I've done my time'

O.J. Simpson makes final plea for freedom: 'I've done my time' (CNN Newsource)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- In the final moments of his parole hearing Thursday, former football star O.J. Simpson made an emotional plea for his release from prison.

The parole board ended up unanimously granting his request for freedom.

Speaking via video conference in front of a Nevada parole board, Simpson, 70, described how he's spent the last nine years and expressed his regret surrounding his offense.

"I've done my time," Simpson said. "I've spent nine years making no excuses. I am sorry that things turned out the way that they did."

Discussing the crime that he was convicted of in 2008 -- armed robbery and assault with a weapon in a botched bid to retrieve sports memorabilia - Simpson said he never meant to act criminally.

"I had no intent to commit a crime."

An inmate of nine years at Lovelock Correctional Facility, Simpson said he tells other inmates to stop questioning their convictions and instead accept their sentences.

"I tell inmates all the time, 'I don't want to hear about your crime,'" Simpson said. "We're all convicts. Do your time and don't do anything to extend your time."

Having taken courses and even acted as the facility's softball commissioner, he has been a model inmate, Simpson said.

"I told the warden when I got here that I would be no problem," Simpson said. "I will honor what the jury said, and I will be no problem. And I think I kept my word."

If he is granted parole, his number one priority will be spending time with family, Simpson said.

"It wasn't worth it," Simpson said. "I'm sorry it happened. Nine years away from your family is just not worth it."

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