OJ Simpson Granted Parole, Could Be Out Of Prison In October
A parole board has unanimously voted to release former football star and convicted felon O.J. Simpson from prison on Thursday.
With the ruling, the 70-year-old Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1 after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence.
After the final vote was read to grant O.J. parole he had this to say.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” an emotional Simpson said.
Simpson was not present at the parole board meeting, instead, he appeared before them from Lovelock Correctional Center via video feed.
“I’ve spent nine years making no excuses about anything. I am sorry that things turned out the way they did,” Simpson said in his closing remarks during the hearing. “I had no intent to commit a crime. … I’ve done my time. I’d just like to get back to my family and friends — believe it or not, I do have some real friends — and I tried to be helpful to everybody.”
At multiple times throughout the meeting, OJ attempted to make jokes. But even with a shaky presentation by Simpson, the board elected to grant the former NFL superstar running back parole.