The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners has determined that O.J. Simpson will be eligible for parole in a hearing today at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. Simpson could be released from prison in October.
In 2008, Simpson was convicted of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson, who’s now 70, served the minimum nine years of his 33-year sentence and asked the board for parole in October.
At the hearing, Simpson stated his side of his involvement in the robbery. He said he was recovering property that belonged to him and that he didn’t have any weapons during the incident.
“I’m not a guy who has conflicts on the street,” Simpson said. “I’m a guy who’s got along with just about everybody.”
Simpson’s oldest daughter from his first marriage, Arnelle, testified at the hearing. She said her father is “my best friend and my rock.” She euphemized the robbery as “counterproductive” and “clearly inappropriate.”
In 1995, Simpon was tried and acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.
The only mention of the famous murder charges came when one board member held up a thick stack of papers, saying they were “hundreds of letters” the board had received. She said most of the letters were “asking us to consider your 1995 acquittal and subsequent civil judgement; however these items will not be considered.”
Simpson was asked about the armed robbery and whether he’s dangerous.
“I am no danger to pull a gun on anybody,” he said. “I never have in my life, I’ve never been accused of it in my life. Nobody has ever accused me of pulling any weapon on them.”