The O.J. Simpson saga continues! After a 9-year stint in prison for his role in a 2007 armed robbery, 70-year-old Simpson has been released on parole. He was initially sentenced to 9 to 33 years for the Las Vegas arm robbery and kidnapping incident. The former NFL star also known as “Juice” had ensured the parole board that he’d been a model prisoner and he promised to not be involved in any further conflicts if released. The parole board unanimously granted his wish, with an expected release date of October.
“I’ve done my time,” pleaded Simpson to the Nevada parole board. “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can.”
Simpson was reportedly alert and energetic during the parole hearing, even laughing when parole board Chairman Connie Bisbee mistakenly cited his age as 90. “I feel like it,” he quipped.
In case you’re wondering, there was no mentions of the infamous 1995 Nicole Brown/Ron Goldman case and acquittal. If you can believe it, it has been 22 years since the verdict heard ‘round the nation. That particular case has made Simpson a household name far beyond his NFL days, inspiring works such as the award-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America and the popular FX true-crime drama The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Simpson maintained that he was not fully responsible for the Vegas incident, citing his associates as misleading and turning on him in court. “Unfortunately, they got a get-out-of-jail-free card when they said ‘O.J. told me (to do it),'” he said. “Nothing I can do about that.”
Board member graded Simpson a “low risk to reoffend” to which Simpson smiled a simple “thank you” before silently lowering his head for a few moments.
Simpson plans to move to his home in Florida.