The Nevada Parole Board unanimously voted to grant parole to O.J. Simpson in their meeting Thursday morning.
Simpson, 70, has served nine years of a nine-to-33-year sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas in 2007. He could be released from prison by October.
On the night in question, Simpson and his pals confronted memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel. The former NFL star recalled the incident to the four-member panel.
“When I came into the [hotel] room I noticed spread out everywhere was my personal property,” he said. “The only thing I saw that was on display that wasn’t mine was some baseballs, and I made it clear to everybody those are not mine. All I want is my property. … I wasn’t there to steal from anybody.”
Simpson said he never had a weapon and isn’t making any excuses for the crime. But he asserted that the property he looked to retrieve belonged to him.
“It’s been ruled legally by the state of California that it was my property and they’ve given it to me,” he said.
When asked about his progress in prison, Simpson said he’s taken two “Alternative to Violence” classes. He dubbed the classes as “the most important course any person in this prison can take.”
During his parole board hearing, the Heisman Trophy winner apologized to the state of Nevada and said his stint in prison has humbled him. He spoke of missing his children’s birthdays and graduations and hopes to make up lost time with them.
If he is granted parole, Simpson said he doesn’t intend to have any issues with the conditions of his parole.
“I’m not a guy that has conflicts on the street,” he said. “I’m not expecting to have one when I leave here.”
Arnelle Simpson, OJ’s eldest daughter spoke lovingly of her father and said he’s aware of his missteps.
“My dad recognizes that he took the wrong approach and he could have handled the situation differently,” she said. “Throughout this ordeal, we have remained close, we have stayed strong.”
Bruce Fromong, one of the victims in O.J. Simpson’s robbery testified in support of his parole. Fromong, who called Simpson his friend, said the septuagenarian was “misguided” on the night of the robbery. He also admitted that some of Simpson’s property was in the room.
“He was led to believe that on that day, there were going to be thousands of pieces of his personal memorabilia, pictures of his wife from his first marriage, pictures of his kids,” Fromong said.
“He was told there were going to be possibly his wife’s wedding ring, thousands of things. He was misled about what was going to be there that day.”