OJ Simpson Granted Parole After Armed Robbery Conviction
Jaxson Heyrend-Social Policy Contributor
A smiling OJ Simpson is about to finally taste freedom after 9 years at Lovelock Correctional Center in Pershing County, Nevada. Simpson was convicted on an armed robbery and a kidnapping charge in Las Vegas back in 2008. He was originally serving a 33 year sentence on the two convictions and was supposed to be released in 2022 because of good behavior.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Simpson was charged in 2008 with armed robbery after stealing “sports memorabilia” from dealer Bruce Fromong. Fromong was staying at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas where Simpson was tried and convicted. Fromong was present during the parole hearings and provided testimony in Simpson’s defense. According to the AP Fromong said “He is a good man. He made a mistake.” Fromong went on to talk about how they grew a friendship, and that he considers Simpson him a close friend.
Simpson’s past criminal and civil court cases were thrown out of the consideration into his parole hearing. Back in 1995, Simpson was charged with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. He was acquitted of both charges. One would also remember the infamous car chase before the trial that caught the nation spotlight in 1994. In 1997, Simpson appeared back in court for a civil suit against the family of Ron Goldman in which the court granted the Goldmans $25 Million. As a means to pay the $25 Million, Simpson was forced to sell some of his sports memorabilia thus leading him to the robbery charge.
Simpson plans to return home in Florida where he plans to reunite with his family. According to the AP, Simpson’s daughter Arnelle Simpson said in today’s hearing "We just want him to come home, we really do." The State of Nevada handed four out of four votes for Simpson’s release. Officials from the state of Nevada say a pending investigation is underway to see if it’s possible for Simpson to return to Florida. Simpson is expected to be released by October 1st from Lovelock Correctional facility.
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