OJ Simpson granted parole in Las Vegas robbery case

After almost nine years in prison, American sports and screen star O.J. Simpson will receive a parole hearing Thursday that could lead to him being released from prison on October 1. He was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges in connection to the crime and was sentenced to 33 years behind bars with the possibility of parole after nine years.

According to CNN, the parole board score inmates on a number of factors. Then in 2013 state commissioners granted him parole on some of the dozen charges, meaning he had another four years to serve before reaching his minimum term.

Two central figures in the O.J. Simpson murder trial spoke out Thursday ahead of Simpson's parole hearing regarding a 2007 incident that has landed him in prison for almost nine years.

Simpson and five accomplices held two men at gunpoint in a confrontation over sports memorabilia and personal items, which Simpson claimed had been stolen from him.

Although he was acquitted of the 1994 murders of ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman, three years later Simpson lost a civil suit and had to pay out $33.5 million in damages after he was found guilty of the victims' wrongful deaths.

Simpson had told police he had no idea the people with him were armed.

The parole hearing is in Carson City, Nevada and Simpson needs four members of the board to vote to release him.

If Simpson is granted parole on Thursday, he won't leave this remote desert prison immediately.

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"The first time I met O.J. was in the gym", said Jeffrey Felix, who was Simpson's first guard at the Lovelock Correctional Center.

At the end of the interview, Cook took the opportunity to address Simpson directly.

The Nevada Parole Board has created an official website to share information about Simpson's parole hearing.

Earlier, he insisted he had always been a "good guy" before his conviction and was not a danger to the public.

Simpson's oldest child, Arnelle Simpson, spoke about her father's "true character" in a closing statement at Thursday's hearing and was emotional as she said he was her "best friend" and "rock".

OJ Simpson has spent the last nine years in jail.

"I've done my time", he said.

Later, he added, "I am sorry that things turned out that way the did".


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