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Simpson Gets Parole, Plenty of Pension Money

O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday and will likely be released in October. He plans to move to Florida after he is released. The vote was 4-0 and those who voted in favor of parole cited lack of previous convictions.

“I’ve spent nine years making no excuses about anything. I am sorry that things turned out the way they did,” Simpson said. “I had no intent to commit a crime…. I’ve done my time. I’d just like to get back to my family and friends. Believe it or not, I do have some real friends — and I tried to be helpful to everybody.”

While Simpson was found not guilty in the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman, he does owe the families roughly $40 million. That’s the result of the civil suit he lost. While he was in prison, Simpson made between $423,000 and $600,000 depending on when he started to collect. But the families of Brown and Simpson can’t touch that money. It’s Simpson’s due to state law that prohibits pensions from being garnished.

Simpson was sentenced to 33 years for his part in the Las Vegas hotel robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer. He was eligible for parole in nine years. And he got it. The parole board discussed the matter for 30 minutes before reaching their decision.

Simpson appeared before the parole board hearing in a video conference from Lovelock Correctional Center. All accounts say Simpson has been a model prisoner. The parole board said another reason he was let go was due to him being low risk to commit another crime.

It also helped that Bruce Fromong, one of the two men robbed, said Simpson never pointed a gun at him during the confrontation. Fromong said Simpson deserved to be released so he can be with his children.

“He is a good man. He made a mistake,” Fromong said.

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