O.J. Simpson has been granted parole by the Nevada Board of Parole.
Simpson was granted the decision on Thursday while at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada, where he appeared live via video teleconference in front of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners in Carson City. Simpson’s eldest daughter, Arnelle, also spoke at the hearing in support of her father.
The decision was handed down by parole commissioners Connie S. Bisbee, Tony Corda, Adam Endel and Susan Jackson, the same four board members who granted Simpson parole at his July 2013 hearing on his kidnapping, robbery and burglary charges.
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The earliest 70-year-old Simpson can be released from prison is on Oct. 1.
During his parole hearing, Simpson said he has lived a largely conflict-free life, and that he had done “his time.”
“I’m always been a giving guy, even on the streets, people have always come up to me,” Simpson said, stressing that he’s continually served as a peacekeeper in jail among other inmates. “Right now, I’m at a point in my life where I just want to spend as much time with my children and my friends. I’m not looking to be involved with the media. I’m not interested in any of that. I’ve done my time. I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as I possibly can.”
“I’ve honored the verdict,” he continued. “I’ve not complained for nine years.”
Simpson also referred to himself as a “good guy.”
“I’ve always been a good guy, but I could have been a better Christian,” he noted. “I have some problems with fidelity in my life, but I’m pretty much a guy who has gotten along with everybody.”
The former NFL star was convicted in October 2008 on three counts of conspiracy; one count of burglary with use of a deadly weapon; and two counts each of kidnapping, robbery, assault and coercion, all with use of a deadly weapon, for his part in the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas in September 2007. In December 2008, Judge Jackie Glass sentenced Simpson to a minimum of nine years and a maximum of 33 years in prison.
After the Nevada Parole Board granted him parole on July 2013 on the first series of sentences — which required a minimum of five years to be served before eligibility — Simpson then began to serve the consecutive sentence. The remaining sentences, when aggregated, required a four-year minimum term before eligibility, which is why Simpson became eligible for parole this year.
Prior to his parole hearing on Thursday, his former prison guard, Jeffrey Felix — the author of the 2016 book Guarding the Juice — told ET that Simpson was upset about all the current media attention, and was worried that the return of the spotlight would derail his parole.
“O.J.’s state of mind right now — he’s not in the right state of mind,” Felix claimed. “He’s very upset about the media.”
He also claimed O.J.’s been hitting the gym.
“O.J.’s trying to get in shape — he’s walking again, he’s lifting weights again, he’s trying to get himself ready for the street,” Felix said.
During his parole hearing in 2013, Simpson fought back tears as he talked about his “painful” five years spent in jail. He also referenced his children — Arnelle and Jason with ex-wife, Marguerite L. Whitley, and his two kids with the late Nicole Brown Simpson, Sydney and Justin.
“I’ve missed my two younger kids — who we worked hard getting through high school — missed their college gradautions, I missed my sister’s funeral,” he told the parole board. “I missed all the birthdays and various things.”
“You know, I’m just sorry that all of this had to happen,” he continued.
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Simpson has remained in the spotlight since the “trial of the century” — in which he was found not guilty in October 1995 for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman — thanks to continued fixation on the trial. FX’s mini-series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, was a critically acclaimed hit, garnering Emmys last September for Courtney B. Vance (Johnnie Cochran), Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark) and Sterling K. Brown (Christopher Darden).
Just last week, ESPN’s Oscar-winning documentary, O.J.: Made In America, was nominated for six Emmys.
ET spoke with Marcia Clark last February, who talked about her experience watching The People v. O.J. Simpson.
“Watching it happen again on television was enormously painful,” Clark told ET. “It’s killing me all over again.”
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