(AP) – O.J. Simpson will be paroled after serving nine years in prison for a botched bid to retrieve sports memorabilia in Las Vegas.
A Nevada parole board decided Thursday that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star will be released in October after serving his minimum term for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.
Simpson responded emotionally, saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Four parole commissioners in Carson City questioned Simpson by videoconference from the Lovelock Correctional Center in rural Nevada. He has been held there since he was convicted in 2008.
The conviction came 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of murder in 1995 in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles.
The Nevada parole board cited Simpson’s compliance with prison rules, his lack of prior convictions, his low risk of committing another crime, his community support and stable release plans.
The chairwoman of the board says it didn’t look favorably on parole violators. The commissioners will release a final order with the conditions of Simpson’s release.
O.J. Simpson’s sister began weeping as the third of four parole commissioners voted to release the former football star October.
Shirley Baker then began hugging Simpson’s daughter, Arnelle, who had been holding a hand over her mouth Thursday in the parole hearing room at a Nevada prison.
A corrections officer led Simpson away. As they walked alone down a hallway, Simpson raised his hands over his head in a gesture of victory and said, “Oh God, oh!”
Corrections officials say O.J. Simpson will spend his last few months behind bars preparing his plan for release.
Warden Isidro Baca of the Nevada Department of Corrections said Thursday after Simpson was granted parole that there would be no announcement when Simpson is moved from the prison where he’s been housed for nearly nine years for armed robbery.
Parole lasts until Simpson’s discharge date: Sept. 29, 2022.