OJ Simpson Wins Early Release From Prison After Successful Parole Hearing


His robbery conviction in 2008 was for his attempt at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to take photographs and other items from two sports memorabilia dealers by using guns, threats and force.

O.J. Simpson will be freed from a Nevada prison after the state's parole board granted his request for early release by a 4-0 vote Thursday.

Among the reasons board members gave for granting parole were Simpson's compliance with prison rules and his minimal safety risk to the public.

He will be released from prison in October.

The four commissioners who questioned Simpson by videoconference walked out of the room after hearing testimony from Simpson, his daughter and the victim in the armed robbery that put Simpson in prison for almost nine years. Simpson was arrested on charges of armed robbery at the Palace Station hotel-casino in Las Vegas, where he was accused of stealing sports memorabilia at gunpoint.

Asked by one board member whether he had been "humbled" by his incarceration, he replied: 'I wish this never would have happened.' He added, 'I am sorry that things turned out the way they did'.

Despite previous murder charges against Simpson, commissioners did not challenge his assertion that he had spent a largely conflict-free life and had always been "pretty good to people".

Bruce Forming, one of the robbery victims vouched for Simpson, expressing that he forgives him for the 2008 robbery. I did my time, I tried to be helpful to everybody. I take full responsibility ... He also said the money itself doesn't matter to the family, just the punishment it inflicts.

O.J. Simpson (C) reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017 in Lovelock, Nevada. "I thought I was glad to get my stuff back, but it wasn't worth it".

"I know the gentleman likes to play the game of golf, so therefore he will be highly visible", Clayton said.

Arnelle Simpson, the oldest daughter of O.J. Simpson, testified on behalf of her father. Simpson was found not guilty in the highly publicized 1995 trial, but two years later he was found liable in civil court for the deaths and ordered to pay $33.5 million to survivors including his children and the Goldman family.