O.J. Simpson has been granted parole, but he’s not exactly free just yet. Simpson has been behind bars for the better half of four years.
Back in May, he testified during a five-day hearing to determine if the ruling that put him behind bars for a maximum of 33 years, would be upheld.
Simpson, 65, blamed his lawyer for representing him incorrectly. He also said he was misinformed about confronting a sports collector in a Las Vegas hotel to get back some of his personal belongings. The one-time Heisman Trophy winner thought his actions were completely legal.
Sports News reports:
O.J. Simpson won a small victory Wednesday in his bid for freedom as Nevada granted him parole on some of his convictions in a 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery involving the holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room.
But the decision doesn’t mean Simpson will be leaving prison anytime soon. Because he was convicted on multiple charges, Simpson still faces at least four more years in prison on sentences that were ordered to run consecutively
The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners on Wednesday released an order approving the former NFL star’s parole request.
Simpson appeared before a two-member parole panel last Thursday to plead for leniency. He expressed regret for his actions and said he’s tried to be a model inmate while behind bars.
Lovelock Correctional Center officials say he’s had no disciplinary actions against him.
Simpson was convicted in December 2008 on charges including kidnapping, robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to nine to 33 years for the 2007 stick up of two memorabilia dealers, Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.
Unless he’s given a new trial, Simpson faces three more parole hearings stemming from the four remaining weapons possession charges against him. He’s expected to stay behind bars for at least four years, provided that the entire case isn’t thrown out, at which point prosecutors could try him again, or work on a plea deal.
Family members of Ron Goldman, the man slain alongside Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, said news of the parole gives them a “sense of vulnerability.” Simpson was accused of murdering Goldman and Nicole. He was acquitted in 1995.