O.J. Simpson Granted Parole, To Be Freed from Prison

O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday following a hearing in Carson City, Nevada, and will be freed from prison after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence for charges related to an armed confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. The hearing lasted around 75 minutes, and the four parole board members unanimously reached a decision after deliberating for around 30 minutes.

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Simpson was in good spirits as the hearing began, smiling as parole board chairman Connie S. Bisbee informed him he would get the same hearing as a normal inmate despite his fame, and laughing after she mistakenly stated his age as 90 (Simpson turned 70 earlier this month).

Simpson gave a play-by-play recap of his involvement in the 2007 armed robbery for which he was incarcerated, repeatedly claiming that he was simply trying to retrieve his own property. He said it was "mind-boggling" that he had been incarcerated for trying to retrieve property that was later ruled to be his.

He expressed a desire to be a better Christian, and he said that he "lived a conflict-free life." He also denied that he has ever had an alcohol problem, despite having consumed alcohol before committing the armed robbery in 2007. He also admitted to having "problems with fidelity," but said that he "has not lived a criminal life."

As for speculation that Simpson might enter into the world of reality television, the hearing seemed to indicate that he would avoid the spotlight. Simpson spoke of how he declined several interview requests while incarcerated, and he expressed that he was no longer interested in media attention. While Simpson's attorney Malcolm LaVergne was reading a letter Simpson wrote as part of their closing statement, when he read Simpson may have a desire to start a "webcast or blog" after taking a computer course in prison, he wagged a finger at Simpson, who in turn shook his head.

Simpson's last parole hearing was in 2013, when he was paroled on counts not related to the use of a deadly weapon. In his time behind bars, Simpson has by all accounts been a model prisoner. Upon his release, Simpson will relocate to Florida. "I could stay in Nevada, but I don’t think you guys want me here," he said to the parole board.

Arnelle Simpson, O.J.'s oldest daughter, spoke at the hearing, as well, describing her father as her "best friend" and her "rock" as she fought back tears. "We have remained close," she said. "We have stayed strong."

Simpson on several occasions expressed his desire to spend time with his four children, and noted how he has missed 36 birthdays since being incarcerated. "I've done my time," Simpson said after speaking about wanting to be released so he can be with his children. "I've done it as well and respectfully as anybody can."

"It wasn't worth it," Simpson concluded. "Nine years away from your family isn't worth it. I'm sorry."