OJ Simpson, the much hated and derided former football star, accused and acquitted of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, was granted parole today by an Nevada parole board.
The pro-football Hall of Famer – known as Inmate No. 1027820 — was convicted in 2008 of leading a group of armed men into a Las Vegas casino hotel to rob two sports memorabilia dealers. He has served the minimum 9 years of a 33-year senate for the crime.
Simpson, 70, will walk out of Lovelock Correctional Center a free man as early as Oct. 1
The graying football great, who looked noticeably trim, hung his head and breathed a huge sigh of relief when he learned of his release. Before leaving the tiny conference room at Lovelock, he turned to profusely thank the board members one by one.
Simpson earned a unanimous vote for parole by four parole commissioners who reached their decision following a more than hour-long hearing based in Carson City, Nevada.
“You organized this crime [in] which two victims were robbed at gunpoint. It was a serious crime and there was no excuse for it. You deserved to be sent to prison,” said one of the commissioners, Tony Corda.
Corda noted, though, that Simpson has had no disciplinary record while locked up and was unlikely to commit future crimes.
“You have complied with the rules of the prison,” Corda said. “You have stable support and release plans.”
Simpson told the commissioners that, if released, he had plans to focus on his family and four kids and live in Florida with his close pal Tom Scotto, who was present at the hearing.
The board has not yet released conditions of Simpson’s parole but is expected to do so Thursday afternoon.