O.J. Simpson's request for parole in his armed robbery conviction was approved today (Thursday). He will be eligible to leave the Nevada jail where he has been locked up since 2008 at the beginning of October.
“I always thought I’ve been pretty good with people,” Simpson told the board by video link, “and have basically spent a conflict-free life.”
His oldest daughter, Arnelle Simpson (whose mother is O.J.'s first wife, Marguerite Whitley), testified on her father's behalf. She said, “No one really knows how much we have been through … this ordeal the last nine years. We just want him to come home. I know in my heart he’s been very humbled throughout this situation.” She added that her family realizes that “he is not the perfect man.”
The four members of the board -- two women and two men -- unanimously voted to grant the former NFL star parole. Curiously, one of the men wore a Kansas City Chiefs tie.
In his statement to the board, Simpson, now 70, said, "I’ve come here and spent nine years making no excuses about anything. I am sorry things turned out the way they did.