O.J. Simpson Granted Parole, Will Be Released From Prison
The Juice is loose again!
O.J. Simpson will be released from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada as soon as October after his parole was approved Thursday.
Simpson walked into the hearing at 10 a.m. local time, joined by his attorney, Malcolm LaVergne.
He recounted the 2007 robbery case, for which he was given a 33-year sentence, repeatedly claiming that he has "never, ever pulled a weapon on anybody in my life."
He added: "I basically led a conflict-free life."
Simpson also told the panel that he had taken a course in Lovelock called "alternative to violence" and a class in computers. He did not, however, attend any Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as he had previously promised.
When asked whether he would reside in Florida following his release, Simpson chuckled while responding, "I could easily stay in Nevada but I don't think you guys want me here."
Simpson, 70, was convicted on Oct. 5, 2008, 13 years to the day after he was acquitted in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Earlier this week, Bruce Fromong, the sports memorabilia dealer whom Simpson was convicted of robbing in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007, said it’s time for the former football star to be released from prison.
Fromong testified on Simpson's behalf Thursday, saying that he has been friends with Simpson for 27 years, and if he asked him to pick him up at the prison tomorrow, "I'll be there."
Simpson has spent more than eight years in prison after leading a group of men, some of them armed, into Fromong’s room and demanding the return of property Simpson said belonged to him.
“The old saying, 'Do the crime, do the time,'” Fromong told Inside Edition. "He's done his time. He's done his time."
The hearing was broadcast live on several networks, including ESPN.