On Thursday afternoon, O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing for a 2008 conviction on 10 charges, including armed robbery and kidnapping, was held. Simpson spoke extensively about the fateful day that led to his arrest and eventual sentencing to 33 years in jail, apologizing for what took place while also trying to maintain that he is, generally, a good person.
That testimony, in which he claimed to have lived a “conflict-free life” among other eye-raising statements, was enough for the parole board, which granted him release after serving nine years in Nevada state prison in Lovelock. The parole commissioners noted his lack of prior convictions, compliance through the process, and good behavior in prison as reasons he was granted his release.
Simpson will be eligible for release as early as October and will have to fulfill the terms of his parole, which were outlined earlier in the hearing, in order to remain a free man.
Simpson is expected to leave Nevada for either California or Florida, pending the transfer of his parole between states and his plan being approved. The parole commissioners in their statement granting Simpson his release made it abundantly clear that the 70-year-old is to not have any slip-ups with regards to the conditions of his parole, stating, “our expectation be that you not violate even the simplest condition of parole.”
Simpson will return to a healthy NFL pension, which ESPN’s Darren Rovell estimates has paid him between $400,000 and $600,000 during his time in prison, and, when added to his personal pension and Screen Actors’ Guild pensions, could total $25,000 per month, according to Sports Illustrated. That pension money is untouchable as payment for the debt he owes to the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson from a 1997 civil suit.