O.J. Simpson Granted Parole
The Nevada Board of Parole granted O.J. Simpson parole at a hearing on Thursday, where Simpson spoke publicly. Simpson has served 9 years of a 33-year sentencing for robbery and kidnapping in a sports memorabilia dealer’s Las Vegas hotel room in 2007. He said he takes responsibility for his actions that day. “I’ve missed a lot of time—like 36 birthdays with my children,” Simpson said. “I wish it would have never happened. I’m not a guy who has conflicts on the street… I’m a guy who’s pretty much got along with everybody.” He emphasized at the hearing that he only entered the hotel room that day to obtain property that belonged to him, a claim he said has been proven by the state of California. Bruce Fuhrman, the victim of the 2007 incident in Las Vegas, said he feels Simpson was misled by the others involved in the incident. Arnelle Simpson, O.J. Simpson’s oldest daughter, also spoke at the hearing in support of her father’s parole, saying, “We just want him to come home.” The board reviewed prison reports and asked Simpson questions about his time in prison and about the incident in 2008 for which he was incarcerated. “I haven’t made any excuses in the 9 years that I’ve been here and I’m not trying to make an excuse now,” Simpson said during the questioning. “I am no danger to pull a gun on anybody. I never have in my life, I’ve never been accused of it.” Simpson’s release date could be as early as October 1.
O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing is set for 1 p.m. ET Thursday. Simpson is eligible to be released from prison after being sentenced to a minimum of nine years and a maximum of 33 years in prison for a crime in September 2007.
Former Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson has been in jail since 2008 on armed robbery and kidnapping charges, but he has a parole hearing on Thursday, July 20. That hearing will be aired live on television.
Simpson was sentenced to nine to 30 years in prison, and if he is granted parole, he could be released as early as Oct. 1. Simpson, 70, was the subject of ESPN’s Oscar-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America as well as FX’s Emmy-winning TV series The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Both focused on Simpson’s 1995 criminal case in which he was tried and acquitted for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.