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O.J. Simpson was granted parole by a unanimous decison by a parole board on Thursday after spending nearly nine years in prison in Nevada in connection with a 2007 crime during which he robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel at gunpoint. O.J. was later charged with felonies of armed robbery and kidnapping, for which he was convicted and sentenced to 33 years in prison. He could go free as early as October.
The former NFL pro expressed remorse for the crime during closing arguments at Thursday's parole hearing.
“I’ve come here, spent nine years making no excuses. I am sorry things turned out the way they did but I had no intent to commit a crime," he said. “I told the warden when I got here…that I would be no problem. I believe in the jury system, will honor what jury said, and I will be no problem. I think I kept my word. I’ve done my time. I’d like to get back to my family and friends -– believe it or not I do have some real friends. I don’t think any inmate has represented this prison better than I. I did my time and tried to be helpful to everybody. I’m sorry it happened, sorry to Nevada. I thought I was going to have to get my stuff back… but nine years wasn’t worth it.”
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