The Telegram (St. John's)

O.J. Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

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LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successful­ly making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascinatio­n with the former football star. Simpson, 70, could be a free man as early as Oct. 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his nine-to-33-year armed-robbery sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabili­a and other mementos he claimed had been stolen from him. All four parole commission­ers who conducted the hearing voted for his release after about a half-hour of deliberati­ons. They cited his lack of a prior conviction, the low risk he might commit another crime, his community support and his release plans, which include moving to Florida. “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Simpson said quietly as he buried his head on his chest with relief. Then, as he was led down a hall, the former athlete raised his hands over his head in a victory gesture and said, “Oh, God, oh!”

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