The Juice is Loose! O.J. Simpson Granted Parole
O.J. Simpson, imprisoned nearly a decade ago for a bungled Las Vegas robbery, was granted parole Thursday.
The former football star and murder defendant has served the minimum of a nine-to-33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center, a medium-security prison northeast of Reno. He was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery and other charges related to a botched sports memorabilia heist in a Las Vegas hotel room.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you," an emotional Simpson told four members of the Nevada Board of Parole via videoconference.
He could walk free as early as Oct 1.
Simpson, 70, presented himself to the parole commissioners as a family man who has missed dozens of his children's birthdays while behind bars and a devout Christian who has led an essentially "conflict-free life."
"I've basically spent a conflict-free life. I’m not a guy that ever got into fights on the street with the public and everybody," he said.
The parole board on Thursday pointedly asked him why he had participated in the Las Vegas robbery and seemed to be looking for signs of contrition — but it took Simpson more than an hour to finally utter, "I'm sorry."
"What were you thinking?" commissioner Tony Corda asked Simpson, to which Simpson gave a seemingly combative response, going over many of the details of the crime, claiming he was just trying to get sports memorabilia that belonged to him.
An hour and five minutes into the hearing that was only expected to last 15 minutes, a more remorseful Simpson apologized.
"I've done my time. I'd just like to get back to my family and friends," he said. "I'm sorry it happened. I'm sorry to Nevada ... I thought I was glad to get my stuff back, but it wasn't worth it."
The hearing gave the public a rare opportunity to see one of America's most well-known inmates.