On Thursday afternoon, the entire nation watched as 70-year-old Simpson appeared before the parole board hearing via video conferencing from Lovelock Correctional Center. After Simpson’s disjointed explanation of the night that landed him in jail he added, “wish this would have never happened.”
Parole commissioners deliberated for just over 30 minutes, ultimately reaching a verdict that Simpson would be able to go home.
The former Heisman Trophy winner and all-pro running back could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1 after serving the minimum nine years of his 33-year sentence.
Simpson’s sentence had been scheduled to end Sept. 29, 2022.
According to Nevada Department of Corrections spokesperson Brooke Keast, Simpson has been removed from the general population and is now in protective custody at Lovelock.
Simpson, has been in the national spotlight since he burst onto the scene as a young, handsome, talented and charming football star at the University of Southern California in the 60’s.
His acquittal in the 1994 high profile murder trial of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman has led many in the public sphere to believe that Simpson should remain behind bars.
However, on the crimes he is currently serving time for, the parole board found that Simpson has been a model inmate in prison and has met the requirements to be released.
WAOK will have the latest updates on this developing story.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio Atlanta.