After spending nine years behind bars, OJ Simpson has been granted parole for his role in a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas. The Nevada parole board has labelled OJ “a model prisoner.” The board determined that Simpson no longer poses a threat to society.
“I’ve done my time,” he said. “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can.”
The former NFL star had spent roughly nine years in prison for a 2007 robbery-kidnapping incident in Las Vegas. He received a nine-to-33-year sentence. But now, he will see freedom as early as October. OJ has plans to return to his Florida home upon his release.
The 70-year-old Simpson was very upbeat in court today. He even let out a healthy laugh during the proceedings when parole board Chairman Connie Bisbee mistakenly said that OJ was 90 years old.
“I feel like it,” said Simpson, with a laugh.
OJ still believes that accomplices turned their back on him during the trial for the Vegas robbery. Simpson thinks that they squealed on him in order to absolve them from further legal punishment. OJ said, “Unfortunately, they got a get-out-of-jail-free card when they said ‘O.J. told me (to do it),'” Simpson said. “Nothing I can do about that.”
The four members of the parole board unanimously voted for Simpson’s release. Board member Tony Corda said that OJ was ranked a “low risk to reoffend.”
OJ responded by saying “Thank you.”
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