O.J. Simpson on Thursday was granted parole after serving nine years of his 33-year prison sentence for armed robbery and assault in Las Vegas a decade ago.
The decision was made after the disgraced football star expressed regret for his actions, which he said occurred after having a few drinks and misjudging the situation.
“I haven’t made any excuses in the nine years that I’ve been here, and I’m not trying to make an excuse now,” he said.
In 2007, Simpson and several friends, including Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, burst into a Las Vegas hotel room armed with guns and stole about $100,000 worth of Simpson’s sports memorabilia from collectors Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong, who had been expecting to meet a wealthy buyer.
Simpson argued that the memorabilia and personal family photos were taken from him, and that he was merely trying to get the items back. He also claimed he didn’t know that his associates, who were acting as security guards, had guns with them.
Simpson, now 70, was convicted in 2008 of robbery and assault charges — exactly 13 years after a jury found him not guilty of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
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