Thursday, 20 July 2017

OJ Simpson granted parole after 9 years in prison

Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

“Thank you!” He said, bowing his head as the board approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted of a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 10 other charges.

He is set to walk free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel, BBC reports.

Simpson, 70, was found guilty in 2008 – exactly 13 years to the day after he was acquitted for the killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

He and a group of five others stormed into a hotel room to confront two sports-memorabilia collectors and seize items that he claimed belonged to him from his career.

Simpson told parole officials that the objects he took from the Las Vegas hotel room were later ruled by officials to legally belong to him.

“I’ve spent a conflict-free life,” the prisoner said to the board.

However, Simpson admitted spousal abuse in 1989 after police responded to a domestic violence call at his home.

According to police records, his wife had run from the house screaming to officers: “He’s going to kill me!”

On Thursday, Bruce Fromong, who one of Simpson’s victims in the robbery, testified in favour of his release.

“I’ve known OJ for a long time,” said Fromong. “I don’t feel that he’s a threat to anyone.

“He’s a good man. It’s time to give him a second chance. It’s time for him to go home to his family, his friends.”

The prisoner told the commissioners he had helped establish a Baptist prayer meeting in prison, adding: “I could have been a better Christian.”

The prisoner also rejected suggestions he had an alcohol problem.

“I’ve done my time,” he said. “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as anybody can. I think if you talk to the wardens they’ll tell you.

“I’ve not complained for nine years. All I’ve done is try to be helpful… and that’s the life I’ve tried to live because I want to get back to my kids and family.”

In 2013 the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners granted him parole on some of his convictions, but for not the more violent charges.

The prisoner’s daughter, Arnelle Simpson, choked up as she told the parole board, “My experience with him is that he’s like my best friend and my rock.”

She added, “He is remorseful, he truly is remorseful.”
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