July 20th, 2017, O.J. Simpson was visibly emotional and near tears as he learned that parole board members voted unanimously in favor of his release from a Lovelock, Nevada prison.
“Thank you. Thank you,” he said in a hushed tone. His head hung down and he began to sob when he heard he could be released as early as October 1st.
The parole board cited that some factors in their decision were Simpson’s good prison record throughout his 8-year incarceration, the fact that he had no prior convictions, and his proposed moved to Florida. The entire session took 77 minutes, with about half of that time used in deliberation.
The Heisman Trophy winner and prisoner number 1027820 was serving time for charges related to his 2008, 12-count conviction including armed robbery and assault with a weapon in a Las Vegas casino hotel. The conviction involved the unlawful seizure of Simpson-signed footballs and sports memorabilia which Simpson claims formerly belonged to him.
Simpson received sentencing of a minimum of 9 years and a maximum of 33 years.
Simpsons daughter, Arnelle, spoke on her father’s behalf. [He’s] “my rock,” she divulged while adding that the family just wanted to be able to move forward.
Following his release, it is unlikely “The Juice” will return to his former South Florida home and lifestyle. The house he lived in in Brickell has been foreclosed and is for sale.
Speculation on just where O.J. Simpson will land is varied. His longstanding friend, Tom Scotto, revealed to USA Today before the hearing that Simpson might live with him in Naples.
O.J. Simpson, 70, is most remembered for his acquittal in the charges he faced regarding the shocking 1994 double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ronald Goldman. Following the televised courtroom trail and acquittal, Simpson was found liable for the two lives in a civil suit.
The board assured O.J. Simpson that the former trials would not play any part in their decision about his current parole hearing.