Nevada parole board grants OJ Simpson's release

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O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after serving almost nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas.

The four members in Carson City voted 4-0 to grant his early release. Parole was an expected outcome given his clean record behind bars.

A vote in his favor would enable Simpson, now 70, to get out as early as October 1.

Image #: 22387165 O.J. Simpson stands at the end of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada May 17, 2013.

Michelle Glady, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections, said in a statement that if Nevada's relocation request for Simpson "meets all criteria, Florida must accept the transfer". The board told him he could leave Lovelock Correctional Center as soon as this fall after serving nine years.

At first, Simpson was combative and essentially tried to retry his case before the parole board.

"I've spent nine years making no excuses about anything", Simpson said.

The handsome and charming athlete was also a "Monday Night Football" commentator, sprinted through airports in Hertz rental-car commercials and built a Hollywood career with roles in the "Naked Gun" comedies and other movies. When he'd arrived at Lovelock, "I gave [prison officials] my word that I would try to be, or would be, the best prisoner they ever had here".

Simpson leads a Baptist prayer group, mentors inmates, works in the gym, coaches sports teams and serves as commissioner of the prison yard softball league, Scotto said.

If Simpson violates the terms of his release, he could be arrested and sent back to prison.

"I think he spent more than enough time in prison for a robbery in which he didn't even have a gun himself", Lasso said.

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It was a stunning scene for the celebrity who once thrilled crowds as he ran for touchdowns and hurdled airport seats in vehicle rental ads before he was acquitted of murder in the 1995 "trial of the century" in Los Angeles; Simpson was acquitted in criminal court of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman but found liable in a civil case.

Today's hearing received massive worldwide media attention, being broadcasted live on several news networks.

He married Nicole Brown five years after retiring from the sport in 1985. Simpson's Heisman Trophy was ordered sold and brought in $230,000.

He became the NFL's fastest player to gain 1,000 rushing yards in a season and the fastest player to gain 2,000 rushing yards in a season.

- 1979: Simpson retires, having rushed for 11,236 yards, second most in National Football League history at the time. He made the NFL Hall of Fame.

Among the mitigating factors, she said, was that Simpson appears to have a stable post-release plan.

Simpson has always denied he killed Brown and Goldman.

Five days after the murders, he led police on a wild vehicle chase on the Los Angeles freeways that was broadcast live and watched by millions. No matter what happens, he's the killer of two people.

The case was not connected to the infamous trial and 1995 acquittal that transfixed the nation after Simpson was charged with murdering his 35-year- old ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her 25-year-old friend, Ron Goldman.

- February 1997: After a trial in a civil suit filed by the victims' families, a jury finds Simpson liable for the deaths and orders he pay survivors $33.5 million. The family renames the book "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer".

Simpson was acquitted of the murders by a jury at 10am on October 3, 1995. The other accomplices had taken plea deals and received probation. He has been held there since he was convicted in 2008.

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