O.J. Simpson, 70-year-old former NFL player, has become a very well-known name following his professional football career and the infamous murder trial in 1995. Simpson was accused of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Ultimately, he was found not guilty on both counts of murder.
However, in 2007, he was arrested in Las Vegas after being involved in a kidnapping and armed robbery. He was reportedly attempting to retrieve some of his property, but was sentenced 9 to 33 years in prison.
Since his sentencing in 2008, he has been serving time in a prison near Lovelock, Nevada. On July 20th of 2017, Simpson appeared via video conference from prison for his parole hearing, hoping to be released from prison.
During the hearing, Simpson’s daughter Arnelle Simpson spoke on behalf of her family. Arnelle is the oldest of the Simpson children.
She stated, “No one really knows how much we have been through, this ordeal in the last nine years. My experience with him is that he’s like my best friend and my rock. As a family, we recognize that he is not the perfect man, but he is clearly a man and a father who has done his best to behave in a way that speaks to his overall nature and character, which is to always be positive no matter what.” She described him as the “perfect inmate.”
She continued, “The choices that he made nine years ago...were clearly inappropriate, wrong, and counterproductive to what he was trying to achieve...As his daughter, I can honestly say my dad recognizes that he took the wrong approach and he could have handled the situation differently...but we know that his intentions were not to go in and make the wrong decision at the wrong time.”
She ended with thanking God for His help in this difficult situation. “Throughout this ordeal, we have remained close, we have stayed strong. I, for myself, am grateful to God for giving us the strength to get through this last nine years and to stay positive always, no matter what and a lot of that is because of Him. On behalf of my family...we just want him to come home.”
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