The verdict has been handed down pertaining to
The parole board has unanimously voted to free
the former football star from prison on
Simpson who was locked up or convicted in 2008
for armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in Las
Vegas in a hotel room will be released as of October 1 after
serving a minimum of nine years of his
When the final vote to grant parole was read
after commissioners deliberated just over 30 minutes, Simpson
lowered his head and then raised up with a big
"Thank you, thank you, thank you," an emotional
Simpson appeared before the parole board hearing
from Lovelock Correctional Center via video
"I've spent nine years making no excuses about
anything. I am sorry that things turned out the way they did,"
Simpson said in his closing remarks during the hearing. "I had no
intent to commit a crime. ... I've done my time. I'd just like to
get back to my family and friends -- believe it or not, I do have
some real friends -- and I tried to be helpful to
If O.J was denied parole he would have probably
had to serve the remainder of his 33 year sentence. Simpson has
earned sentencing credits and time off for good behavior, cutting
his 33-year maximum sentence by more than half. He has requested to
live in Florida if he were to be
"I could easily stay in Nevada, but I don't think
you guys want me here," Simpson joked. Answered Bisbee with a
smile: "No comment, sir."
Simpson was then asked by Endel how he would be
better off in the community rather than in
"Well, you know, I do have four kids," Simpson
said. "I've missed a lot of time with those kids -- like 36
birthdays with my children ... My reputation has always been that
I'm open to the public, I'm open to everybody. Right now, I'm at at
point in my life where I can spend as much time with my children
and my friends.
"... Wherever I've been there's been a crowd.
That's not new to me. ... I'm pretty easily approachable. I've
dealt with it all my life, and I don't foresee any problem dealing
with the public now, at all."
Arnelle Simpson, Simpson's daughter, then choked
back tears as she spoke in defense of her
"He's like my best friend and my rock," she said.
"And as a family, we recognize that he is not the perfect man, but
he is the man and the father that speaks to his overall character,
which is to be positive no matter what."
"... On behalf of my family, his friends, we just
want him to come home."
Simpson may have been an extremely famous
football player but he was made even more famous after his
publicized murder trial of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and
OJ taking officers on a wild goose chase in
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