The Parole Decision and Fate of O.J. Simpson Was Just Announced, And It's Surprising

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July 20, 2017Jul 20, 2017

O.J. Simpson, the 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.

In 2008, O.J. was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and nearly a dozen other charges from a heist gone wrong. O.J. is accused of leading the robbery to steal back sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room. O.J. said that individuals had his personal property and were trying to sell it. He claimed the property was his own personal items and he wanted it back. 

The parole board just heard the case of O.J. Simpson. Many experts believed O.J. had a good shot at freedom after serving years in jail already.

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"I don't see any reason why he wouldn't, based on his being a model prisoner and the actions that he's taken over the years to better himself," Al Lasso, a Las Vegas trial lawyer, told NBC News.

Lasso also spoke about O.J. Simpson’s past murder trial that was one of the most watched trials of history. Although many believe he was guilty of the murder, Lasso says his past should not play a role in his new parole.

Now, in a shocking announcement, the board has voted to grant O.J. parole. Simpson looked very happy as they board unanimously voted to let him out of prison. He will have to obey all the rules of his parole or he will be subject to return to prison. At this time, it appears O.J. could be out as early as October of this year.

Simpson also opened up during the hearing to tell officials how he has changed. O.J. said that his commitment to change was to be a “better Christian.” He has also spent time changing serving as a sports coach to other inmates as a way to give back.

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"I advise a lot of guys, and I'd like to feel that I've kept a lot of trouble from happening since I've been here by getting involved in some conflicts that some of the individuals have had," he said then.

What do you think about this? Do you think he will be able to live according to the law and his parole hearings? Let us know on our Facebook page. Also, to watch the parole hearing in full, visit our other story showing the whole video here.