A Nevada Parole Board Grants O.J. Simpson Parole

O.J. Simpson, 70, appears in court for his parole hearing on July 20, 2017.

Carson City, NV — (Breaking news update posted at 2:55 p.m. ET) A Nevada parole board granted O.J. Simpson parole Thursday. “You are low risk to re-offend on our guidelines,” parole board member Tony Corda said. Simpson was sentenced in 2008 to up to 33 years in prison for kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He could be released as early as October.

(Breaking news update posted at 2:15 p.m. ET) O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing has ended. The former football star is asking to be released from prison. Simpson has served nine years of a nine-to-33-year sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas in 2007. The parole board members are deliberating.

(Breaking news update posted at 1:58 p.m. ET)

Arnelle Simpson, O.J. Simpson’s oldest daughter, said her father was “my best friend and my rock” on Thursday at his parole hearing.”My dad recognizes that he took the wrong approach and he could have handled the situation differently,” she said. “Throughout this ordeal we have remained close, we have stayed strong.”

(Breaking news update posted at 1:54 p.m. ET)

O.J. Simpson at his parole board hearing apologized to the people of Nevada and said he has been humbled by his nine years behind bars. Simpson also said that he had missed his children’s birthdays and graduations, and did not expect to have any issues if released on parole.

“I’m not a guy that has conflicts on the street,” he said. “I’m not expecting to have one when I leave here.”

(Breaking news update posted at 1:32 p.m. ET)

O.J. Simpson gave a lengthy explanation of his 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping, deflecting blame and saying that his associates should have served time in prison for bringing a weapon.

“Unfortunately, they got a get-out-of-jail-free card when they said ‘O.J. told me (to do it),'” Simpson said. “Nothing I can do about that.”

Simpson also said he has taken two “Alternative to Violence” classes, which he said was “the most important course any person in this prison can take.”

(Breaking news update posted at 1:25 p.m. ET)

O.J. Simpson qualifies for a number of mitigating factors that would support his early parole and has been discipline free during imprisonment, parole board Chairman Connie Bisbee said Thursday.

Among the mitigating factors, she said, was that Simpson appears to have a stable post-release plan. An aggravating factor, she said, was that at the time of his offense, his victims said they were in fear for their safety.

Bisbee then opened the floor for panelists’ questions. Panel member Tony Corda asked Simpson about the crime: “What were you thinking?”

(Breaking news update posted at 1:13 p.m. ET)

O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing has begun as the former football star asks to be released from prison. Simpson has served nine years of a nine-to-33-year sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas in 2007.

Simpson appeared alert, engaged, and quick to smile, letting out a hearty laugh when Parole Board Chairman Connie Bisbee accidentally said he was aged 90. “I feel like it,” he said, laughing.

(Original story posted at 12:14 p.m. ET)

O.J. Simpson is scheduled to appear before a parole board in Nevada on Thursday in a hearing that will decide whether one of America’s most notorious prisoners will be released.

“Juice,” as he was known in his heyday, is nine years into a nine-to-33-year sentence after being convicted in a 2007 kidnapping and armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel.

But Simpson is best known for his infamous 1995 acquittal in the grisly slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in what was known as the “trial of the century.”

If paroled, Simpson could be released as early as October, spokesman for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners David Smith said.

Now 70 years old, the former NFL great and movie star has been described by authorities as a model prisoner at Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in the Nevada desert.

“Simpson has stayed out of trouble there,” said Brooke Keast, spokeswoman for the Nevada prisons system. “We haven’t heard much from him.”

Thursday’s parole hearing comes amid renewed interest in Simpson’s story, which has been explored in the award-winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America” and the FX true-crime drama “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Though it’s been 22 years since that not guilty verdict, the murder trial’s themes of criminal justice and race, trust in police, celebrity and domestic violence remain remarkably resonant in modern culture.

“We act as if the story is O.J.,” journalist Celia Farber says toward the end of the “Made in America” documentary. “The story is O.J. and us.”

What Simpson’s life has been like in prison

The robbery

Simpson and an associate were convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon for attempting to steal pieces of Simpson sports memorabilia at gunpoint.

At his 2008 sentencing, the Hall of Fame running back said he went to the room in The Palace Station hotel to reclaim family heirlooms and other personal items that had been taken from him. He also claimed he didn’t know his associates were armed.

The case, which featured a colorful cast of seedy characters, secret recordings and a Las Vegas heist, read like a low-budget parody of “Ocean’s 11,” CNN wrote at the time.

Simpson’s legal team argued that his sentence did not match the crime and that it was, in fact, a form of payback for his controversial acquittal in the deaths of Brown and Goldman.

Simpson has always denied that he killed Brown and Goldman. Their families won a wrongful death civil judgment against him in 1997.

At a parole hearing in 2013, Simpson said he regretted the Las Vegas kidnapping and robbery.

“I just wish I had never gone to that room. I wish I had just said ‘keep it’ and not worry about it,” he said. “All I can do about it since I’ve been here is be as respectful and as straightforward as I could be.”

Why we’re still talking about O.J.

How the parole hearing works

Simpson’s minimum sentence was nine years, so this year is the first that he could be released on parole. In the 2013 hearing, he was granted parole on 5 of the 12 counts against him. At Thursday’s hearing, set for 1 p.m. ET, he will have to make parole on the other seven counts in order to be released.

He will speak for about 30-45 minutes via video-conference from prison with four parole board commissioners who are in Carson City. Those members will then leave to deliberate.

If the four parole board members do not unanimously agree, then two other commissioners from Las Vegas will be called to vote. Simpson needs a simple majority vote to be granted parole. If the vote splits 3-3, parole will be denied and another hearing will be held in six months.

The parole board scores an inmate on several factors — the higher the total score, the greater the risk involved in releasing them. A person with a score of zero to five points is deemed low risk; six to 11 points, medium risk; and 12 or more, high risk. In 2013, Simpson scored three points overall.

Should Simpson again be judged a low risk, the board still has the latitude to deny him parole. Should that happen, Simpson would go before the parole board again before 2020, Smith said.

Bruce Fromong, a victim in the robbery and kidnapping, has said he plans to testify at the parole hearing to advocate for Simpson’s release. “I’m not doing it because he’s my friend, which he is. I am doing because the right thing to do,” Fromong told CNN.

40 comments

  • Big Surprise there!

    Boy he gets away with killing his ex wife and her friend, now he only serves 9yrs of his 33 yr sentence and gets parolled. This system is so ridiculous. Wonder what he will do next. What ever it is he’ll get away with that too just cuz he was famous. The whole system sux! We need a whole new set of people who make the laws and the govt is included in that too. It all sux. Thats why this country is in the toilet! Personally the one good thing is Trump is president and not Clinton. We really would be screwed if she got in.

  • Breaking news !!!!

    O.J. Simpson released a statement that he is opening and operating The Close Cut Beauty Salon in Florida.
    His special for white women is an ultra short hair-cut. Men can get the “Colombian neck-tie shave” all at a new Grand Opening price. Blonds get an extra discount.

  • Conroy

    These comments prove one thing. Regardless on whether or not you agree with the verdict, you’re all racist AF.

      • Conroy

        AF means as f**k genius. Maybe if you spent less time at the diner for early bird special and brushed up on your understanding of text talk you would have gotten that.

      • Lloyd Schmucatelli

        I know what it means, I just don’t care.

        Like AF actually makes sense and is revered as something more that ghetto metro hipster lingo!!

    • Defineit

      Conroy, maybe, if you spent less time with your nosed glued to your smart phone and more time reading, you’d learn that people’s comments are not “racist,” but “prejudiced.” The term, “racism,” has been misused for the past 15 years to cover everything from true racism to disagreeing with the rules of society. Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution?

  • RicU.

    Let’s look at reality. Don’t we have our priorities a little messed up?

    Former Annapolis graduate, hot shot pilot, Long Term POW, U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.), Senator John McCain has a malignant brain tumor. I may not like everything about Senator McCain but he has done one heck of lot with his life.

    Oh, “Juice” is being paroled.. and the crowd goes wild.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      McCain was a CAPTAIN when he retired, graduated third from the bottom of his class at Annapolis, crashed several jets during his career, and was whisked off of the U.S.S. Forrestal shortly after the disaster for reasons that will probably never be known, since his daddy was an Admiral (and that was the reason that a bonehead like him was ever allowed to fly in the first place). “Songbird” McCain was a known collaborator with the North Vietnamese during the time he was captured, which is why he stayed there as other prisoners were being released – he was getting preferential treatment. He was the only Republican in the Keating Five, and he was censured twice by the Arizona Republican Party. He’s done a heck of a lot with his life alright…for himself. I hope he never returns to the Senate.

  • RicU.

    O.J. Simpson is getting paroled. STOP THE PRESSES!! I might not be happy about this either but he did 10 years, convicted with “Get Out of Jail Free” testimony. He did 10 years. He is 70 and we don’t have to pay for his old age medical expenses, whatever they are.

  • CeeMe

    Much as I would like to see him still in prison, we can’t keep him in for the Nicole/Ron murders. A bunch of racist jurors let him get away with murder. Now that he’s out, we’ll see if he lives a non-violent life.

  • Eddie

    and what? no looting in the streets? no burning down buildings ? no standing up to the police ? Oh, that’s right…….

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      No thanks, and I’m glad you found that idiot to look up to. I would, however, hide all of the knives before he comes over.

  • Are you for real?

    Is this justice? I want him to live in the parole board’s neighborhood. Maybe they will think thw next time.

    • CHUCKUSCHUMER

      I think they should parole in him Frackville. He might be able to cut down on the population of pedo-street roamers

  • RJELQ

    I wonder if he will decide to relocate to Schuylkill County. This will keep him off the grid while on parole. He might like current day Mahanoy City or Tamaqua.

    • ayceshendoshrimp

      Mahanoy City has everything that O.J. needs! There is a high rise, rite aid, family dollar, and club 54 all within two blocks. He could even go to Mahanoy Area football games on Friday nights. Go Bears!

  • Fresh squeezed o.j.

    Keep him locked up. He might find his wifes killer in jail. He would if he looked at a mirror.

  • Chas Mcflinn

    Just what we need another supper predator back on the streets just sayin thats what HC said what it be!!!

  • The Juice on the Loose

    Reporter: “O.J., now that you’ve been paroled what is the first thing you want to do?”
    O.J. : “Get’s me a white woman”.

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