The biggest story of the day goes along with the biggest trial of the century: O.J. Simpson has been granted parole from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
The former star athlete and live television sensation went up in front of four parole commissioners and was granted freedom after serving his minimum sentence of nine years. In 2008, Simpson was sentenced to 33 years for the armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. But many believe that Simpson received such a long sentence because he was found not guilty in his infamous trial for murder in 1995.
Simpson, now 70 years old, joined the parole proceedings via video chat from the correctional facility. As the deliberation came to a close and the vote came through, Simpson kept his head down, then brought it up at the confirmation of parole and smiled. “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” he said. Then, as he was led down a hallway in handcuffs, Simpson raised his hands above his head and said, “Oh, God, oh!” in victory.
Simpson could officially be released as soon as Oct. 1.
Even nine years later, Bruce Fromong, one of the dealers with whom Simpson had the altercation, said before the hearing that he doesn’t put any fault on Simpson from that day. He said that Simpson never pointed a gun at him, only his accomplice did, and that Simpson deserved to be released so he can be with his family. “He is a good man. He made a mistake,” Fromong said, adding that the two remain friendly.
“I don’t foresee any problem dealing with the public now, at all,” Simpson said after the news. “Wherever I’ve been, there’s been a crowd. That’s not new to me… I’m pretty easily approachable. I’ve dealt with it all my life.”
Simpson has reportedly earned this time off for good behavior. He has requested to live in Florida upon his release.