Oj Simpson Granted Parole in Las Vegas Robbery Case

The July 20 ruling granted Simpson’s parole request, and he will be released from prison in October 2017. He could be released as early as October 1.

Gray-haired but looking trimmer than he has in recent years, Simpson walked stiffly into the hearing room in jeans, a light-blue prison-issue shirt and sneakers.

The four commissioners decided Thursday that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star can be paroled after serving his minimum nine-year term for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.

In 1995, Simpon was tried and acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

Simpson, a former football running back who has appeared in almost two dozen movies and television shows, was found not guilty of murder in 1995 after Brown and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside Brown’s Los Angeles townhouse.

He expressed a desire to be a better Christian, and he said that he “lived a conflict-free life”.

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He told the parole board on Thursday that California authorities investigated the ownership of the items shortly after he went to prison, concluded they were his and returned them to him, a turn of events he called “kind of mind-boggling”.

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, author of “The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, said the hearing was “an absolute disgrace”. He said it was “mind-boggling” that he had been incarcerated for trying to retrieve property that was later ruled to be his.

“I thought I was glad to get my stuff back, but it just wasn’t worth it”, he told the board. Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released. “He is my rock”, Arnelle Simpson said, “We just want him to come home”. He also denied that he has ever had an alcohol problem, despite having consumed alcohol before committing the armed robbery in 2007.

Observers pointed to the fact that four of the other men involved in the robbery were merely sentenced to probation after taking plea deals in 2008. All were chasing the ratings achieved by the long-running coverage of Simpson’s murder trial more than two decades ago.

“I’ve done my time”, he said, before adding, “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as I think anybody can”.

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