O.J. Simpson Granted Parole : The Two-Way Speaking to the parole board, the former NFL star stressed that he has been a model inmate during his time at the Lovelock Correctional Center. He has served nearly nine years for armed robbery.

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole

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O.J. Simpson will soon be a free man. He spent almost nine years in a Nevada prison on armed robbery and other charges. And then yesterday, the Nevada parole board decided it is safe to let him out. Here's NPR's Ina Jaffe.

INA JAFFE, BYLINE: O.J. Simpson was convicted of a dozen criminal counts, including armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. But at his parole hearing, he presented himself as a peacemaker. The former football star and actor said he'd become a better Christian, that he'd kept his promise to the warden to cause no trouble and that he helped other inmates do the same.


O J SIMPSON: You know, we've had our share of fights here. And as I said, I've been called in sometimes to try to keep guys from fighting. And you have groups...

JAFFE: The parole board met in Carson City. Simpson joined them via video link from the Lovelock Correctional Center more than a hundred miles away. He looked nothing like the guy who was accused and then acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman more than two decades ago. He's 70 years old now, and his hair is more salt than pepper. He seemed alternately confident and anxious when he spoke on his own behalf. There were even flashes of humor.


SIMPSON: I would just like to get back to my family and friends. And believe it or not, I do have some real friends.

JAFFE: One of them is Bruce Fromong, an old friend, but also one of Simpson's victims in the botched robbery that landed him in prison. At the hearing, Fromong testified in favor of Simpson's release. He said they'd long since reconciled.


BRUCE FROMONG: This is a good man. He made a mistake. And if he called me tomorrow and said, Bruce, I'm getting out, will you pick me up - Juice, I'll be here tomorrow for you. I mean that, buddy.

JAFFE: Simpson will not be getting out tomorrow. The earliest he would be released is October 1. The parole board noted that Simpson was never disciplined while in prison, and board member Connie Bisbee warned him that he'd better follow every parole regulation on the outside as scrupulously as he'd followed prison rules.


CONNIE BISBEE: Our expectation would be that you not violate even the simplest condition of parole.

JAFFE: Simpson will remain on parole until September 29, 2022. He can support himself with a substantial pension from the NFL. He's expected to move to Florida to be near his two youngest children. Ina Jaffe, NPR News.


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