American football superstar, O.J. Simpson has finally been granted parole after nine years in prison for a failed Las Vegas robbery.
This was made known yesterday, Thursday, July 20, following the decision by a group of four Nevada commissioners, that the 70 year old Simpson, could now be released as early as Oct. 1..
During the parole hearing, the imprisoned former NFL star maintained that he didn’t intend to steal but “wish this would have never happened”. ABC News reports..
The former football and TV star went on trial for the killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman after the two were found on June 12, 1994, stabbed to death at her Los Angeles home.
But at the end of a televised trial that captivated the US, and the rest of the world, Simpson was acquitted of all criminal charges on Oct. 3, 1995, though a civil jury later ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages after finding him liable for wrongful death in the double murder.
Simpson’s friend, Tom Scotto, told ABC News earlier this year that if he (Simpson) is freed, he would want “to just keep a low profile, be with his kids, be with his family, play golf.”