A Nevada parole board agreed to grant O.J. Simpson an early release from Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, where he has served nine years of a 33-year sentence, on Thursday.
Simpson was convicted of armed robbery and assault in connection with a 2007 robbery at Palace Station hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Simpson and a group of men entered Palace Station and took sports memorabilia at gunpoint.
“If I would have made a better judgment back then, none of this would have happened. And I take full responsibility," Simpson said at the hearing on Thursday. His oldest daughter, Arnelle Simpson, spoke on her father's behalf, saying the family "recognizes that [Simpson] is not a perfect man."
Bruce Fromong, a victim of the 2007 robbery, testified on behalf of Simpson at the hearing. "It's time to give him a second chance," he said. "He made a mistake."
After deliberation, the four commissioners decided to grant Simpson parole, citing community support for his release and his plans for life outside of prison. The 70-year-old could be released as early as October 1.