BREAKING: OJ Simpson granted parole after serving 9 years behind bars

By Kirstin Buick
20 July 2017

OJ Simpson has been granted parole, after serving nine years in prison.

A Nevada parole board ruled the former football star would be allowed parole, after having been sentenced in 2008 to up to 33 years in prison for kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon over a 2007 incident in a Las Vegas hotel room. In 2007 Simpson and several friends stole about $100 000 worth of sports memorabilia in an armed heist. Simpson, who turned 70 this month, could be released as early as October, CNN reports. "I've done my time," the former athlete said when he appeared before the board earlier today. "I've done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can."

Simpson's daughter Arnelle testified on behalf of his family. “We just want him to come home,” she said.

Simpson was an American football hero who fell from grace after he was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

He was eventually acquitted in what was dubbed the "trial of the century."

Sources: CNN, New York Times, Buzzfeed

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