O.J. Simpson granted parole
After deliberating for roughly 30 minutes, the parole board delivered a unanimous vote of 4-0 to grant parole
O.J. Simpson (center) reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017 in Lovelock, Nevada. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. Photo: Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images embed
Parole board votes 4-0 to grant parole for gridiron great O.J. Simpson after serving 9 years in prison for strong arm Nevada robbery
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Disgraced former gridiron great O.J. Simpson, who served 9 years of a 33-year maximum sentence for strong arm robbery, was granted freedom, today, by the Nevada Board of Parole.
Speaking briefly before the board, referring to the botched robbery in Las Vegas, that landed him behind bars, Simpson maintained that he didn’t intend to steal but “wish this would have never happened.”
Simpson, 70, appeared jovial and combative with the members of the parole board, expressing his remorse and saying he’s humbled by his incarceration. He said today, “I take full responsibility.”
After deliberating for roughly 30 minutes, the parole board comprised of two men and two women delivered a unanimous vote of 4-0 to grant parole.
An emotional Simpson, whose earliest release date is Oct. 1, bowed his head and appeared enormously relieved.
Of his freedom, authorities do not have to announce exactly when or how he is being released. He will likely be granted permission to leave Nevada, but he must maintain contact with his probation officer, and the Nevada Board of Parole would communicate with its counterpart in the state in which he chooses to reside.
Simpson was convicted for his part in a September 2007 crime in which he and several accomplices entered a Las Vegas hotel room and took hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from two men.
Simpson has been incarcerated at Lovelock Correctional Facility in Lovelock, Nev., a medium-security facility about 90 miles northeast of Reno, and more than 400 miles from Las Vegas, the site of Simpson’s crimes.
Of the crimes for which Simpson was convicted, one of the men who accompanied Simpson brandished a gun during the incident, and Simpson ordered no one could leave the room. Simpson said he was trying to retrieve items that belonged to him, including family photos, but the group left with many items that had nothing to do with Simpson. He was convicted in October 2008 on 12 counts — three counts of conspiracy; one count of burglary with use of a deadly weapon; and two counts each of kidnapping, robbery, assault and coercion, all with the use of a deadly weapon.
Simpson, who was paroled on five of the original 12 counts in 2013 in his last parole hearing, could have been sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors asked that the former athlete and film star be ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years, while the defense asked for a minimum of six years. Judge Jackie Glass, on Dec. 8, 2008, sentenced Simpson to a minimum of nine years and a maximum of 33 years in prison.