A Nevada parole board decided on Thursday to grant parole to former NFL player O.J. Simpson after spending nine years in jail for armed robbery.
The former American football and movie star could be freed in October after serving the minimum sentence for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.
Four parole commissioners in Carson City had heard testimony from Simpson himself, his daughter Arnelle and one of the sports memorabilia dealers he was convicted of robbing.
The 70-year-old Simpson responded by saying: “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“I’ve done my time, I’ve done it as well and respectfully as anyone can, None of this would have happened if I’d had better judgment.”
Arnelle Simpson said her father was “remorseful” and she wants him to “come home”.
“The choice that he made nine years ago that resulted in the sentencing, were clearly inappropriate and wrong, and counterproductive to what he was trying to achieve.
“As his daughter, I can honestly say, my dad recognises that he took the wrong approach, and could not handle the situation. He could have handled the situation differently.”
Bruce Fromong, the robbery victim, said Simpson was a good man who had a mistake and should now be given a second chance.
“If he called me tomorrow and said ‘Bruce I’m getting out, will you pick me up?’ Juice I’ll be here tomorrow for you. I mean that buddy,” Fromong said.
The parole board said he had followed all prison rules during his time in jail, had no prior criminal convictions and posed a minimal risk to the public.
Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of the murders of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles.