(SL) – Say what you want about OJ Simpson, but he’s served his time. If all else failed, he was set to be released on September 29th, 2022 for good behavior. But a unanimous vote was cast and the Juice was released.
Some people will accuse him of being combative and self absorbed, but the man is 70 years old, ready to get out and get back to his kids. Besides that, if you wanted to see humility and remorse, he showed it.
The Board had 11 factors that they considered and there was only one concern and that was whether or not he would be aggressive in the community, if he was released. In terms of risk factors, he registered low at 3.
OJ is serving a 33 year sentence for an armed robbery that occurred in Las Vegas September 15th, 2007. Simpson and his friends were videotaped entering and leaving a hotel and there was an audio recording of the event that resulted in Bruce Fromong being threatened with a gun and punched.
Bruce Fromong testified for OJ and acknowledged that Simpson had been misled about the number of items and exact content he would be retrieving. He declared forgiveness for OJ and told him, “If you called me tomorrow and said you needed a ride. Will you pick me up? Juice, I’ll be here tomorrow.”
Oddly enough the state of California ruled that the property did belong to OJ and he is in possession of it as we speak. Yes, the same property that he is serving time for in Lovelock Correctional Facility.
One factor that didn’t make sense was the charge from the Parole Board that OJ had a substance abuse problem. OJ had been drinking before the robbery (he was at a friend’s wedding) and it was somehow concluded that alcohol abuse was somehow a trigger. The Parole Board wanted OJ to take an AA course, but he didn’t. To his credit, OJ said he’s never had a substance abuse problem. That if his kids had an issue that would’ve been helpful. His oldest daughter Arnell testified on his behalf.
While most would say just take the course, OJ didn’t sugarcoat his absence from the AA program noting that he’s never had a substance abuse problem and he hasn’t had a drink in 9 years.
Most people wanted the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman to be considered, but legally that case has nothing to do with this parole hearing and the Parole Board wasn’t swayed by the pressure.
OJ says he wants to move back to Florida where his two youngest kids live and get back to his life. His NFL pension is $25,000 a month..more than enough to survive. His money will be protected from the Browns and the Goldmans. OJ could be released as early as October.