Thursday, 20 July 2017

O.J Simpson granted parole!

O.J. Simpson at his parole hearing

O.J Simpson has scored a small victory.
The former football hero has been granted parole on several of the charges that landed him in prison back in 2008, namely, charges of kidnapping, robbery and burglary with a firearm.
However, despite Wednesday's ruling by the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, Simpson will remain behind bars at the Lovelock Correctional Facility for at least four more years on sentences stemming from other charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, that were ordered to run consecutively.
In a statement, the Board said the decision to grant parole to Simpson was due to "his positive institutional conduct, participation in programs, lack of prior conviction history and that he has consecutive sentences yet to serve."
It has been 22 years since former Bills running back O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but it's been nine years since Simpson set foot in prison for an entirely different crime.
On Thursday, Simpson appeared before the Nevada Board of Prisons via video conference with hopes of having his parole granted.
In the hearing, Simpson rehashed why he was incarcerated and at times appeared to be retrying a case that already had been settled. And when pushed further about the technicalities of the robberytoto and how it all went down, Simpson said the property he "stole" was actually ruled by a California judge to be his and that he never actually stole any property that wasn't already his.
At the same time, he detailed starting a Baptist ministry in the prison in his nine years there and the courses he took to teach him to better deal with confrontation.
"I took two courses that I guess you guys don't give much credit to, it's called alternative to violence, I think it's the most important course anybody in this prison can take because it teaches you how to deal with conflict through conversation," he said. "I have been asked many, many times here to mediate conflict between individuals and groups."
Speaking on her father's behalf, Arnelle Simpson read from a statement, in part: "No one really knows how much we have been through. My experience with him is that he is my best friend."
Simpson is serving out a conviction that could span as long as 33 years for robbery, assault and kidnapping with a deadly weapon (his accomplices were armed with guns) stemming from a 2007 incident in which the former USC star took back his own memorablia in a Las Vegas hotel room.
The board in 2013 granted Simpson parole on the burglary count, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery. But he was not eligible for parole on other counts related to use of a deadly weapon until 2017.
He would be released from prison October 1.
"I thought I was a good guy," he said. "I had some problems with infidelity in my life, but I've always been a guy that pretty much got along with everybody."

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