Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

OJ Simpson Triumphant, Others Devastated as he Gets Parole

OJ Simpson Triumphant, Others Devastated as he Gets Parole

A year later, the armed robbery happened in Las Vegas where Simpson was found guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping and 10 other charges.

If the board grants Simpson parole, he would be released from prison on October 1.

Before the decision was announced, Simpson was asked questions by the Nevada parole board. In one instance, she told the arriving officer she thought he would "kill me".

Simpson himself unintentionally provoked memories of the "trial of the century" by a few times asserting, "I basically have spent a conflict-free life". The commissioners said they did not take into consideration the notoriety still surrounding Simpson's 1995 acquittal from charges he murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman and a civil court decision that found him liable for the deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages.

"My best to my favorite lady, you know who I'm speaking of", he said. "I am sorry that things turned out the way they did", Simpson said in his closing remarks. "I'm a straight shooter".

The four parole board members voted unanimously to grant him parole, and board member Tony Corda said he was graded a "low risk to reoffend", to which Simpson smiled, and said "thank you".

"He's a good man".

"We all make mistakes, O.J. made his. We just want him to come home, so we can move forward, quietly".

In 2007, he was arrested after he led a group of men into a hotel and casino to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint, contending it belonged to him.

Mr Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released.

Rivera responded that "I threw up in my mouth" at the thought of Hollywood and the entertainment industry competing for access to Simpson. He's not going to try to do a lot of bouncing around I don't think.

When Simpson talked about his "conflict-free life" and extolled the virtues of a conflict resolution program he took called "Alternative to Violence", where among other skills, you're taught to sympathize with your victims, the brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman immediately came to mind, as did Simpson's documented spousal abuse of Brown.

The Hall of Fame athlete's chances of winning release were considered good, given similar cases and Simpson's model behavior behind bars.

Simpson, now 70 years old, is expected to return to Florida once set free.

Simpson, grey-haired but looking trimmer than he has in recent years, walked briskly into the hearing room dressed in jeans, a light-blue prison-issue shirt and trainers.

Simpson's eldest child, 48-year-old Arnelle Simpson, also testified on his behalf, saying her father is not flawless but realises what a mistake he made and has spent years paying for it.

Simpson played for nine seasons for the Buffalo Bills and is 1968's Heisman Trophy victor, an award for best college player that was represented on another article of clothing in the hearing room - Fromong's black polo.

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