O.J. Simpson Granted Parole After 8 Years Behind Bars
In a unanimous vote, a Nevada parole board has granted O.J. Simpson parole following his conviction of a 2007 Las Vegas robbery.
Simpson could walk free as early as October 1.
Simpson, 70, has spent more than eight years behind bars in a Nevada prison for the armed robbery, in which Simpson and several accomplices broke into a Las Vegas hotel room to steal pieces of memorabilia from two men.
Simpson ordered that no one leave the room during the robbery, and one of his accomplices brandished a gun.
Simpson has denied having any knowledge of the group having a weapon.
On October 3, 2008, 13 years to the day after he was acquitted for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, Simpson was convicted on all 12 counts.
Nevada District Court Judge Jackie Glass sentenced him to a minimum of nine years in prison and a maximum of 33 years.
OJ Simpson's story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture.
A beloved football hero in the 1960s and '70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed.
He kept that role until the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend. A jury acquitted him, but many still believe he carried out the grisly slayings.
Here's a timeline of major events in the life of Simpson, now 70.
- 1968: Simpson wins the Heisman Trophy, college football's top honour.
- 1969: He goes to the Buffalo Bills and spends the next nine seasons with the team.
- 1979: Simpson retires.
- 1985: Simpson is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- 1988: He co-stars in the first of the Naked Gun crime comedies
- February 1992: Nicole Brown Simpson files for divorce after seven years of marriage.
- June 12, 1994: Nicole Simpson and a friend, Ronald Goldman, are stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.
- June 17, 1994: Ordered by prosecutors to surrender, Simpson instead flees with a friend in a white Ford Bronco in a nationally televised slow-speed chase across California.
- Oct 3, 1995: Simpson is acquitted of murder.
- February 1997: After a trial in a civil suit filed by the victims' families, a jury finds Simpson liable for the deaths and orders he pay survivors $US33.5 million.
- July 2007: A federal bankruptcy judge awards the rights to a book by Simpson, in which he discusses how he could have committed the killings, to Goldman's family as partial payment of the judgment. The family renames the book If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer.
- September 2007: Simpson, accompanied by five men, confronts two sports-memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, claiming the items belong to him.
- Oct 3, 2008: A jury finds Simpson guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy charges.
- December 2008: Simpson is sentenced to nine to 33 years and sent to Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.
- July 25, 2013: Simpson asks the Nevada Parole Board for leniency, saying he has tried to be a model prisoner. He wins parole on some convictions but is left with at least four more years to serve.
- June 2017: The parole board sets a July 20 hearing date.