UPDATED: July 20, 2:55 PM EST
After detailing at length how he came to be charged with kidnapping and armed robbery in a 2007 sting operation, O. J. Simpson was granted parole during a live broadcast of the hearing.
He served nine of a nine-to-33 year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada, where he told the four-panel board that he learned the ins and outs of conflict resolution.
Simpson, 70, who appeared relaxed and hopeful throughout the hour-and-fifteen-minute hearing was dressed in a blue button-down shirt and jeans. He requested to live in Florida.
Simpson was essentially contrite after starting out a little combative, and admitting that he failed to attend AA classes for substance abuse, which he promised to do.
“I’ve been asked many times to mediate,” conflicts, where guys were not throwing punches at one another, he said during a live broadcast in response to a question from a member of the parole board about his commitment to change. Of all the programs he participated in during incarceration, he said the alternative to violence.
He said he wished the incident had never happened.
“If I had made a better judgement none of this would have happened. I never should never have allowed these alleged security guys to help because they were only trying to help themselves,” he said in response to whether he was humbled by the incarceration.
Under the terms of parole, he would be supervised, which he noted would be better than incarceration because he would be able to spend time with his children, Sydney Brooke Simpson, Aaren Simpson, Justin Ryan Simpson, Arnelle Simpson, Jason Simpson. He said he could live with the terms of parole, which could include not drinking, consorting with felons, among other things.
His oldest daughter, Arnelle, delivered an emotional statement on behalf of the family. She said the family has remained close and described him as her “best friend and rock. We recognize he is not the perfect man, but we believe he has done his best.”
In closing, Simpson apologized for things “turning out the way they did.”
A friend, Bruce Fromong, who was involved in the incident, delivered a victim impact statement, saying, “O.J. never drew a gun on him.”
Simpson was famously acquitted in 1995 in the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
UPDATED: July 20, 7:30 AM EST:
On Thursday, fallen sports legend O.J. Simpson is expected to learn whether the Nevada Board of Parole will vote to free him in October or whether he will continue to serve a nine-to-33-year sentence for 12 convictions, including kidnapping and armed robbery, stemming from a 2007 sting operation in which he tried to recover sports memorabilia from two collectors, The Washington Post reports.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post
Former NFL player O.J. Simpson has been behind bars in Nevada for nine years following an incident where he allegedly attempted to reclaim some of his mementos from a Las Vegas hotel room in 2008. According to Sports Illustrated, Simpson is up for parole this summer and may be released from prison this year.
From Sports Illustrated:
Amid a series of unsuccessful appeals, Simpson has spent the last eight years in prison. At the start of his sentence he pledged to officials to be “the best prisoner [they’d] ever have.” By all accounts he has comported himself accordingly. On July 25, 2013, Simpson came before the parole board on five of his charges. In a 15-minute hearing he listed his positive contributions, which included mopping floors and disinfecting prison gym equipment. He took particular pride in his umpiring and coaching of prison-yard sports and his advising of younger inmates, saying he “kept a lot of trouble from happening” at Lovelock. His parole on those charges was granted.
Now Simpson will turn his attention to his upcoming parole hearing. According to David Smith of the Nevada parole board, that will likely take place over the summer. Typically, Nevada parole hearings occur about three months in advance of an inmate’s parole eligibility date. Given that Simpson is eligible for parole on Oct. 1, a hearing should occur around July 1. If granted parole, he could be out of prison by the fall. If denied, he could remain in prison until 2022, when he’ll be 75.
For Simpson to get a favorable ruling—for the Juice to be loosed, as it were—he’ll need recommendations from at least four of the seven commissioners.
Daniel Hill, a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney, believes that O.J. will do well before the parole board. “He’s the kind of person who gets paroled,” Hill told Sports Illustrated. “He has done a significant amount of time and, by all accounts, hasn’t caused any problems.”
SOURCE: Sports Illustrated