Parole Board Votes to Free O.J. Simpson From Prison in October.

July 20, 2017
 
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The verdict has been handed down pertaining to O.J. Simpson. 
 
The parole board has unanimously voted to free the former football star from prison on Thursday. 
 
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 33-year-sentence.
 
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 smile.
 
"Thank you, thank you, thank you," an emotional Simpson said.
 
Simpson appeared before the parole board hearing from Lovelock Correctional Center via video conferencing.
 
"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 everybody."
 
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 released.
 
"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 prison.
 
"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 father.
 
"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 California.
 
I guess this is a great thing. What do you think? Let MusicCreedLive know by dropping a comment. 
 
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By. Michelle Lewis

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