OJ Simpson granted parole

The former sports star and actor has served nine years for a botched attempt to steal mementoes from his sports career at gunpoint.

OJ Simpson during his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada on 20 July 2017. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG – OJ Simpson has been granted parole.

The former sports star and actor has served nine years for a botched attempt to steal memorabilia from his sports career at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007.

Members of the Nevada board of parole decided Simpson will be a free man come October.

A jury found Simpson guilty of all 12 charges against him for storming into a Las Vegas hotel room with four cohorts and holding two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint, then making off with thousands of dollars in items he said rightfully belonged to him.

His conviction came exactly 13 years after his 1995 Los Angeles acquittal in the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman, who were found stabbed and slashed to death in June 1994.

Profile of former professional American football player and actor O.J. Simpson who could go free after a parole board hearing on Thursday, after serving nearly nine years in jail.