After deliberating for 30 minutes Connie Bisbee, with Tony Corda, Adam Endel and Susan Jackson, granted Orenthal “OJ” Simpson parole for the 2007 armed robbery.
Simpson is scheduled to be released October 1, 2017.
“You have complied with the rules of the prison, you have programmed in an acceptable manner, you have no prior record of criminal activity,” Corda said.
The parole board also stated that Simpson had a low risk of committing another crime.
Bisbee said, “We do not look kindly on parole violations. And if I cast my vote to grant and it concludes the hearing, our expectation would be that you not violate even the simplest condition of parole.”
During the hearing, Jackson stated that there were hundreds of letters that came in, both giving opposition and support for Simpson’s release.
“The majority of the opposition letters are asking us to consider your 1995 acquittal and subsequent civil judgment, however, these items will not be considered,” she said.
Bruce Fromong, the victim of the robbery, spoke at the hearing in favor of Simpson. He made clear that he was speaking not because Simpson is a friend of his, but because he felt it was the right thing to do.
“I never thought that the crime deserved that much time, that long of a sentence,” Fromong told CNN.
“It’s time to give him a second chance,” Fromong said. “He made a mistake.”
Fromong also stated that Simpson never pointed a gun at him, it was someone else that Simpson brought with him.
“I felt Simpson was misguided,” He said. Explaining that it was clear to him that Simpson thought there were personal items in the hotel room such as family photos and Nicole Brown Simpson’s wedding ring.
Arnelle Simpson, the oldest of his children, also spoke at Simpsons hearing.
“As a family, we recognize he is not the perfect man,” she said. “He didn’t make the right decision that day.”
Her emotion filled statement ended with her saying that they just want him to come home.
Simpson speaking for himself said “If I would have made a better judgment back then, none of this would have happened. And I take full responsibility.”
He continued “I haven’t made any excuses in nine years here, but I should have never allowed these alleged security guys to help me because it turned out they were only trying to help themselves.”
Simpson had been in prison for nearly 9 years and has had a perfect record.
“I told the warden when I got here …. that I would be no problem,” he said. “I think I kept my word.”
When speaking about his character Simpson said, “I realize in my nine years here, that I was a good guy on the street … I was always a good guy, but I could have been a better Christian.”
Simpsons has asked to live in Florida upon his release, the Nevada parole board will review his request and make the final decision on where Simpson will reside.
“I’m pretty much a guy who’s always gotten along with everybody,” he said. “… I’ve basically spent a conflict-free life.”