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O.J. Simpson granted parole but will remain in jail

O.J. Simpson was granted parole on several charges related to his role in a sports memorabilia robbery, but will remain in prison on other charges.

O.J. Simpson appears during a hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada May 17, 2013.  Credit: Reuters O.J. Simpson is serving time for a Las Vegas robbery.
Credit: Reuters

O.J. Simpson was granted parole in Nevada on several charges related to his role in the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers, but the former football star will remain in prison on other charges, the state Board of Parole Commissioners ruled Wednesday.

Simpson was sentenced in 2008 to up to 33 years in prison in the case.

The board said it was granting Simpson parole on charges of kidnapping, robbery and burglary with a firearm because of his positive conduct while in prison, his participation in programs for inmates, his lack of prior convictions and the fact that he has other sentences to serve that will keep him in prison.

Simpson, 66, asked for parole from Lovelock Correctional Facility during a video conference with a parole commissioner last week. It was his first request for parole since he was sentenced in 2008.

He is serving consecutive sentences and still needs to serve time for assault with a deadly weapon and other charges related to an incident at a Las Vegas hotel in 2007.

At that time, Simpson and five other men entered a room at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and at gunpoint took thousands of dollars' worth of memorabilia related to his career from a pair of sports collectors.

If Simpson were successful in future parole requests, he would not be released from prison before 2017, said David Smith, a spokesman for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners.

In 1995, Simpson was acquitted in California of two counts of murder in the stabbing and slashing deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. He later lost a wrongful death case brought by Goldman's family.

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