OJ Simpson Granted Parole After Serving 9 Years

Pauline Gross
July 21, 2017

JASON BEAN/AFP/Getty Images O.J. Simpson (center) reacts during his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Centre in Lovelock, Nevada, U.S. July 20, 2017.

Simpson, who plans to live in Florida, has already served eight years of his 9- to 33-year sentence.

Some of the public believe that the harsh sentence imposed on Simpson was out of proportion for the crime he was convicted of, and instead reflected a desire that he somehow be punished for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Over a decade later, he was again arrested after a September 13, 2007 incident at a hotel in Las Vegas. She says he didn't make the right decision in 2008 when he tried to take back sports memorabilia in a budget hotel room in Las Vegas. Abrams responded by noting how noting how much more evidence against Simpson came up during his civil case compared to the criminal trial. He pleaded his case before four members of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners through video teleconference.

Simpson told the board that he had never pointed a gun at anyone nor made any threats during the crime that put him in prison, and insisted that he was only trying to reclaim personal property that belonged to him at the time of his arrest.

Bisbee said the board had determined Simpson had a substance-abuse problem, as alcohol had been a factor the night of September 13,2007.

During the parole hearing, Simpson portrayed himself as a non- confrontational figure, saying he is not the type of person to have "conflicts on the street".

However, he did take full responsibility for the incident during the hearing. "They were there because of me, but in no way, shape or form did I wish them harm", he said.

His oldest daughter, Arnelle Simpson, as well as robbery victim and his long-time friend, Bruce Fromong, testified in favor of his release.

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Mr Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released.

He could be released as early as October 1.

The hearing also offered a glimpse into what Simpson's life in prison has looked like.

"My commitment to change was to be a better Christian", he said.

Simpson ordered that no one leave the room during the robbery, and one of his accomplices brandished a gun.

"I would have done anything, anything not to have that happen", he said. Turning to Simpson, Fromong said that if Simpson was released: "Juice I'll be here tomorrow for you".

Simpson said he meant to settle in Florida upon his release.

According to CNN's Paul Vercammen, Nevada prisons system spokeswoman Brooke Keast said Simpson has "stayed out of trouble", and Simpson's friend, Tom Scotto, said Simpson "brings everybody together".

"I haven't made any excuses in nine years here", Simpson said during Thursday's hearing. Simpson denied having a substance abuse problem and also said he attended rehabilitation courses focusing on mediation.

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