O.J. Simpson has been granted parole and could be out of prison as soon as Oct. 1.
The former football star’s life story was placed back in the spotlight last year after it was retold by multiple outlets. ESPN produced an Academy-award winning documentary series entitled “OJ: Made in America” and FX produced a series with plenty of accolades of its own entitled “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.” As a result of his revitalized celebrity status, it was headline news when Simpson met with a Nevada state parole board on Thursday.
The New York Times reports that Simpson, his eldest daughter and his attorney spoke before the board to plead that he shouldn’t be forced to wait years for another chance of release.
Simpson went into prison in 2008 as a result of charges from an armed robbery where Simpson and two armed individuals went to a hotel and stole what Simpson considered personal items from a sports memorabilia salesman. Simpson claims he never brandished a weapon and didn’t know the two “security guys” he brought with him were armed. He was sentenced to 9 to 33 years in prison.
Many viewed the sentencing as a long overdue comeuppance after Simpson was acquitted of murder charges in the death of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ronald Goldman. Ever since the highly publicized trial in 1994, Simpson’s life has been marked by the tragic murders and speculation over whether or not he actually was responsible ever since the highly publicized trial in 1994.