Former NFL star O.J. Simpson has been granted parole after spending nine years in prison in connection to an armed robbery in Las Vegas, which means that he could be set free from Lovelock Correctional Facility as early as October 1.
Although Simpson, 70, is largely remembered for the landmark trial in which he was declared innocent of murdering ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, he appeared before a parole board Thursday in relation to a case that saw Simpson and a group of accomplices rob a sports memorabilia dealer at gunpoint in a hotel in Las Vegas.
In 2008, a judge sentenced Simpson to remain behind bars for 9 to 33 years. He will first become eligible for parole on October 1. During the hearing, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners took into consideration his age and good behavior and decided to grant him release from prison the first time it was put into question.
“I’ve come here and spent nine years making no excuses about anything,” Simpson told the commissioners. “I am sorry things turned out the way they did.”
His daughter, 48-year-old Arnelle Simpson, also testified on behalf of her father, stating: “We just want him to come home.”
“My experience with him is that he’s like my best friend and my rock,” she said. “I know that he is remorseful, he is truly remorseful.”
After being granted parole, Simpson will be expected to comply with numerous strict restrictions or wind up behind bars once again. These typically include regular check-ins, random drug and alcohol tests, and cooperation with their parole officer. Simpson may also be required to seek and maintain a job and avoid associating with anyone who has a criminal record.
Watch the full parole hearing below: