Football Hall of Famer, Hollywood actor and double-murder suspect O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday, almost nine years after being sentenced to prison for armed robbery.
A four-member parole board in Carson City, Nevada voted unanimously to slash his 33-year-prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robber in Las Vegas.
- The 70-year-old could be released as soon as October 1st.
- Simpson still has the power to fascinate a world that became mesmerized by his precipitous fall from grace after being charged with a double homicide (and let off) in 1994. On Thursday, networks and cable-news stations carried the story live for more than an hour and brought in experts and lawyers to weigh in on the possible verdict, the actual verdict and the implications for O.J. and his victims.
- Simpson told the board via video: "I always thought I've been pretty good with people and have basically spent a conflict-free life."
- His eldest daughter, Arnelle, and a victim of the robbery, both testified in support of his release.
- "My experience with him is that he's like my best friend and my rock," Arnelle said. "And as a family, we recognize that he is not the perfect man, but he's clearly a man and a father. He has done his best to behave in away that speaks to his overall nature and character, which is always to be positive no matter what."
- Simpson was found guilty on October 3rd of 2008 of felony charges in connection to the robbery.
- The conviction occurred 13 years to the day after being found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994. The acquittal came after an eight-month trial the entire country watched.