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Felon requests prison release to see LeBron James play

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James was eight years old when Ohio native Jason Goudlock was arrested for aggravated robbery and felonious assault. Now the prisoner wants a release so he can see King James.

Goudlock filed his fifth appeal to the Ohio State Parole Board and invoked the Cavaliers star as a reason why he should be released. Much of his letter was serious, but there are two lines that really stand out.

"I urge you to retire #248-561 because I have history to make."

This is Goudlock's inmate number. We'll wager that the Toledo correctional facility where he's held won't hang his jumpsuit from the rafters.

"On the lighter side, I would truly like to witness in person LeBron James' pursuit of an NBA championship for my beloved hometown."

Here's a rhetorical technique we can approve of. Let's face it: Unlike his first tenure in Cleveland, LeBron has a seriously good team around him now. There's a very good chance the Cavaliers could run the table in 2014-15, and any serious Ohio sports fan wants to witness it. Appeal to their sensibilities, Jason.

Goudlock's scheduled release is in 2026. If released he plans to work with at-risk youth.