OJ Simpson Granted Parole: His Earliest Possible Release Date

Jerome Frank
July 22, 2017

Nevada parole board has granted O.J. Simpson parole after the former National Football League star apologized, said he was a model prisoner, and promised that he'd have no conflicts if released.

Over a decade later, he was again arrested after a September 13, 2007 incident at a hotel in Las Vegas.

OJ Simpson dodged a bronco-sized bullet when he was found not guilty of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman in 1995.

He has served nine years of a nine-to-33-year sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas when he tried to seize back some of his own memorabilia at gunpoint.

Inmate number 1027820 made his plea for freedom in a stark hearing room at the Lovelock Correctional Centre in rural Nevada as four parole commissioners in Carson City, a two-hour drive away, questioned him via video-link.

Simpson was in jail for a Las Vegas hotel heist and successfully made his case in a nationally-televised hearing that reflected America's continuing fascination with the former football star. In one instance, she told the arriving officer she thought he would "kill me".

Robbery victim Bruce Fromong, urged the board to release Simpson, taking some blame for the night of the robbery himself, saying he acted like a "coward" that day.

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"I've done my time", Simpson claimed to the Nevada panel. "I don't feel that he's a threat to anyone". She called her father her best friend and her rock. Ron doesn't get a second chance. "It's time for him to go home to his family, his friends". "Where's Mr. Simpson's remorse for that".

"I could easily stay in Nevada, but I don't think you guys want me here", Simpson said to laughter during the hearing.

The prisoner also rejected suggestions he had an alcohol problem. "I've missed a lot of time with those kids".

"I'm sorry. Thank you", were his final words to the board before they closed the hearing.

I realize in my nine years here, that I was a good guy on the street... He got the four votes he needed from the parole commissioners who heard his case.

Simpson's sister, Shirley Baker, wept and hugged Simpson's 48-year-old daughter Arnelle, who held a hand over her mouth.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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