O.J. Simpson To Be Released From Prison On Parole In October

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It's been talked about for a minute but now it's happening.

According to NewsOne:

After detailing at length how he came to be charged with kidnapping and armed robbery in a 2007 sting operation, O.J. Simpson was granted parole during a live broadcast of the hearing.

He served nine of a nine-to-33 year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada, where he told the four-panel board that he learned the ins and outs of conflict resolution.

Simpson, 70, who appeared relaxed and hopeful throughout the hour-and-fifteen-minute hearing was dressed in a blue button-down shirt and jeans. He requested to live in Florida.

Simpson was essentially contrite after starting out a little combative, and admitting that he failed to attend AA classes for substance abuse, which he promised to do.

"I've been asked many times to mediate," conflicts, where guys were not throwing punches at one another, he said during a live broadcast in response to a question from a member of the parole board about his commitment to change. Of all the programs he participated in during incarceration, he said the alternative to violence.

He said he wished the incident had never happened.

"If I had made a better judgement none of this would have happened. I never should never have allowed these alleged security guys to help because they were only trying to help themselves," he said in response to whether he was humbled by the incarceration.

Under the terms of parole, he would be supervised, which he noted would be better than incarceration because he would be able to spend time with his children, Sydney Brooke Simpson, Aaren Simpson, Justin Ryan Simpson, Arnelle Simpson, Jason Simpson. He said he could live with the terms of parole, which could include not drinking, consorting with felons, among other things.

His oldest daughter, Arnelle, delivered an emotional statement on behalf of the family. She said the family has remained close and described him as her "best friend and rock. We recognize he is not the perfect man, but we believe he has done his best."

In closing, Simpson apologized for things "turning out the way they did."

A friend, Bruce Fromong, who was involved in the incident, delivered a victim impact statement, saying, "O.J. never drew a gun on him."

Simpson was famously acquitted in 1995 in the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

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