UPDATE 2:06 pm et-
Simpson addressed the panel one final time, asking to be given parole.
"I am sorry that things turned out the way they did. I had no intent to commit a crime. I tell the inmates all the time I don’t want to hear about your crime. I’m a convict. Do your time."
UPDATE 1:47 pm et -
Simpson told the parole board that he would comply with any release conditions.
"Most of my life I’m not a guy who lived a criminal life. I’m a pretty straight shooter. I have no problem, none whatsoever living with those conditions."
UPDATE 1:20 pm et-
Simpson told Board Member Tony Corda about the gun that was used by the men in the robbery, insisting that he did not have a weapon during the Vegas incident. "They made it clear during the trial that I didn’t have a weapon. I didn’t have a weapon."
He continued, saying: "I’m not trying to make an excuse now. They were there because of me about the armed men."
Simpson angrily defended himself, saying: "I’m no danger of pulling a gun on anybody. I never have in my life. I never have been accused of it. Nobody has ever accused me of pulling any weapon on them. Bruce knows I would never do that. I never have.”
UPDATE 1:12 pm et-
Simpson spoke for the first time, telling the parole board why he decided to rob the men at gunpoint and steal the memorabilia.
"Well. Um. This might be a little long. I’ll try to be brief," he told the board member who asked him, "Why did you do this?"
UPDATE 1:02 pm et-
O.J. Simpson entered the hearing room smiling, wearing a light blue short sleeved shirt, dark pants and white tennis shoes.
He was laughing and smiling when the parole board member addressed him about the procedures of the hearing.
He was asked if he was Mr. Simpson, and he said, "Correct."
Simpson confirmed his inmate ID number and his attorney.
The board confirmed that Simpson's October parole eligibility date is not going to change.
UPDATE 12:30 pm et-
Simpson's family and supporters have arrived at the court for his hearing. His daughter, Arnelle Simpson, and sister, Shirley Baker, are both present. His children with the late Nicole Brown Simpson, Sydney and Justin, are not in court.
The inmate's attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, is preparing to speak and the victim from the hotel room robbery, will also address the court. Reportedly, he will tell the court that Simpson should go free.
Will O.J. Simpson finally be a free man?
The disgraced football star is appearing before the Nevada Board of Parole via satellite from the Lovelock Prison on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 1 P.M. ET asking to be released from lockup after serving nine years behind bars and RadarOnline.com will be livestreaming the proceedings.
Orenthal James Simpson was arrested in 2007 for felony armed robbery and kidnapping after he and group of men stole some of his sport memorabilia at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room. He was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years in prison in 2008, with the possibility of parole in nine years.
Inmate No. 1027820 at Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada will have a hearing on Thursday and the four-member board will deliberate in private and then vote in public if he should be released from prison.
The only people allowed to speak during the hearing will be victims, direct family members of victims, Simpson, and his representatives.
The four members must unanimously agree to release Simpson and if they do he could be set free from prison in October, 22 years after being found not guilty for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
O.J.'s late ex-wife and Ronald were found brutally slaughtered outside Nicole's Brentwood condo, with her head almost completely severed from her body. The Juice was arrested and tried for the murders but a Los Angeles jury found him not guilty after a 10 ½ month trial on October 3, 1995.
The former USC football star was defended by a legal dream team including Robert Kardashian and Johnny Cochran, who stunned the country when he had Simpson try on the gloves the prosecutor claimed he was wearing when he killed Brown Simpson and Goldman. Simpson couldn’t get them on, saying “they don’t fit,” and Cochran told the jury “if the gloves don’t fit, you must acquit."
Simpson’s parole board hearing cameras will begin to broadcast at 12 noon E.T. and RadarOnline.com will be livestreaming the proceedings.
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