Orenthal James “O. J.” Simpson has been granted parole by the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners.
Simpson, 70, has served nine years of a 33-year sentence after his 2007 conviction on kidnapping and armed robbery at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Simpson maintained he sought to take back items that had previously been stolen from him.
“I wasn’t there to hurt anybody,” Simpson said. “I just wanted my personal things, and I realize now that was stupid of me. I am sorry.”
Prior to his conviction, Simpson was acquitted in the high-profile case involving the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Due to the extensive media coverage before, during and after the trial, those 1995 court proceedings have been dubbed “the trial of the century.”
Though he maintains his innocence, O.J. Simpson purportedly chronicled a “hypothetical” description of the Brown/Goldman murders in the book, “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer,” ghost-written by Pablo Fenjves.
Simpson could be released as early as October, David Smith, a spokesman for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, told CNN.