The Juice is loose: Board grants parole for O.J. Simpson

O.J. SimpsonThen-NBC Sports commentator and former professional football player O.J. Simpson sits with a group of servicemen to watch a Thanksgiving Day football game. Simpson is visiting U.S. troops who are in the region for Operation Desert Shield. (Public Domain photo)

A Nevada parole board has voted to grant O.J. Simpson parole, according to media reports.

Simpson in 2008 was sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison after he was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery at the Palace Station in Las Vegas. Simpson turned down a plea deal in which he would have served two-and-a-half years in prison.

“I realize now that I was stupid, I didn’t mean to hurt anyone, I’m sorry, I’m sorry for all of it,” Simpson said at the time.

During his hearing today, Simpson said he has lived a “conflict-free life.”

Simson was famously acquitted on Oct. 3, 1995, in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. The trial was televised and known colloquially as the “Trial of the Century.”

In a subsequent civil trial, Simpson was found liable for the murders.

Like the trial more than years ago, today’s parole hearing was televised and live-streamed on many sites, garnering the name the “Parole Hearing of the Century.” Simpson is incarcerated in Lovelock Correctional Center near Reno; the parole board listened and watched from Carson City.

Simpson is expected to be released Oct. 1.

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