O.J. Simpson granted parole after receiving unanimous vote from Nevada board
Former NFL star Orenthal James "O.J." Simpson, who has spent the last nine years calling Lovelock Correctional Facility home, has been granted parole by the Nevada State Parole Board after receiving a majority vote Thursday.
Simpson could be released as early as Oct. 1.
Following the board's decision, Simpson responded emotionally, saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Simpson, 70, is coming up on the end of his minimum sentence of a 33-year sentence he received in 2008 when he was found guilty of - among other things - armed robbery and kidnapping in a case where he entered a hotel room with the intention of retrieving sports memorabilia that he claimed was stolen from him.
In the 1995 televised "Trial of the Century" that became a national obsession, the former Heisman Trophy winner was acquitted of the June 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
ESPN's Academy Award-winning documentary "O.J.: Made in America" and FX's Emmy Award-winning miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," which both debuted last year, sparked renewed interest in the crime saga.
According to The Associated Press, Mark Fuhrman, a former Los Angeles police detective who testified in Simpson's murder trial, will provide commentary for Fox News Channel on Thursday.
Last year, KSNV interviewed Jeffrey Felix, Simpson's former prison guard at Lovelock, about his book "Guarding the Juice."
"Yes, I asked O.J. if he killed them and all I get is a look," said Felix. "And I ask, 'Juice, is that the look?' And he'd say, 'That's the look.'"
KSNV also notes "The Juice" continues to draw a pension from the NFL.
The Nevada Division of Parole and Probation released the conditions of Simpson's parole later in the day Thursday.
According to the order, he will not be allowed to associated with any convicted felons, he cannot use any illegal drugs or prescription drugs unless prescribed by a licensed doctor, and he cannot use or purchase recreational marijuana.
The hearing began Thursday with Simpson recounting the circumstances that led to the incident at the Palace Station Casino in 2007, telling board members that he wanted to recover his property.
"What I saw was my mother's albums pictures of my kids growing up, pictures of documents ... letters," he told the board.
They then discussed Simpson's activities inside prison since his conviction, with Simpson saying he remained out of trouble and that he is not a danger to the public.
Simpson had indicated he wanted to return to Florida, where he was living before the robbery, according to commission chairwoman Connie Bisbee.
“I could easily stay in Nevada but I don’t think you guys want me here," Simpson said.
Daughter Arnelle Simpson and Bruce Fromong, the memorabilia dealer who was robbed during the Palace Station incident, both spoke in support of Simpson during the hearing.
"Juice, I’ll be here tomorrow for you," Fromong told O.J. Simpson during his appearance. "I mean that." Simpson pointed to Fromong and said thank you after the board announced parole was granted, according to the pool report.