70-year-old former football, TV and movie star will be released in October
OJ Simpson will be paroled after serving nine years in prison for a botched bid to retrieve sports memorabilia in Las Vegas.
A Nevada parole board decided Thursday that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star will be released in October after serving his minimum term for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.
Simpson responded emotionally, saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Four parole commissioners in Carson City questioned Simpson by videoconference from the Lovelock Correctional Centre in rural Nevada. He has been held there since he was convicted in 2008.
The conviction came 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of murder in 1995 in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles.
Simpson pleaded Thursday for his release from a prison in the western US state of Nevada, saying he’s done his time and he wants to return to his family.
“Right now I’m at a point in my life where all I want to do is spend as much time as I can with my children and my friends,” the 70-year-old former US football star said.
Simpson appeared before a parole board in Nevada. He is seeking release after serving nearly nine years for his part in a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping in the US city of Las Vegas, years after his controversial acquittal of the 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
Nine years is the minimum number of years in Simpson’s sentence for the armed robbery and kidnapping. He has served the time in a medium-security facility north-east of Reno.
A judge granted Simpson partial parole on the armed robbery and kidnapping convictions but he remained in jail on other charges, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners said.
Simpson testified Thursday that he was only trying to get his property back and never saw a gun in the room during the robbery.
“What I saw was my family, my mother’s albums, pictures of my kids growing up,” he told the board.
Simpson said he regrets the incident because of how it affected the victim.
“I would have done anything not to have that happen,” he said.