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After serving nearly nine years for armed robbery and other charges, O.J. Simpson has been granted parole by a Nevada parole board on July 20.
According to the parole board, Oct.1 is the earliest that the former NFL player is eligible for release.
Ina Jaffe from National Public Radio discussed the incident that led to Simpson’s conviction:
“[H]e was convicted of a botched 2007 burglary in a cheap Las Vegas hotel. Along with a handful of accomplices, the former star broke into the room of a couple of sports memorabilia dealers. They had some items that Simpson believed belonged to him and that he wanted back. A couple of guys with Simpson brought guns.”
Jaffe added: “Simpson was later convicted on 12 criminal counts including armed robbery, kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to nine to 33 years.”
Simpson spoke to the parole board about his behavior while serving out his sentence.
“I’ve spent nine years making no excuses about anything. I’m sorry that things turned out the way they did. I had no intent to commit a crime.”
Simpson went on to say that he promised the warden when he arrived at the prison that he would be “no problem, and I think I kept my word. I don’t think any inmate has ever represented [the prison] better than I,” Simpson said.
A victim of the robbery, Bruce Fromong, spoke in favor of Simpson’s parole. During his trial, Fromong recommended that Simpson serves one to three years and described the sentence he received as “way too long.”
Fromong says that it’s time for Simpson to be free and go home to his loved ones.
“It’s time to give him a second chance. It’s time for him to go home to his family and friends.”
O.J. Simpson is most well known for being acquitted in 1995 in the stabbing deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.