BREAKING: OJ Simpson has been granted parole and is scheduled to be released from prison October 1, 2017, ABC News reports.
A gray-haired O.J. Simpson went before a Nevada parole board Thursday to plead for release after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel room heist, saying - as he has for years - that he was only trying to retrieve his own sports memorabilia and never meant to hurt anybody.
The former football star, looking trimmer than he has in recent years, walked briskly into the hearing room dressed in jeans, a light-blue prison-issue shirt and sneakers. He laughed at one point as the parole board chairwoman mistakenly gave his age as 90.
Simpson, 70, said never pointed a gun at anyone nor made any threats during the crime that put him in prison, and he forcefully insisted that nearly all the memorabilia he saw in two collectors' hotel room belonged to him.
"In no way, shape or form did I wish them any harm," he added, saying he later made amends with those in the room.
Simpson also said he has often mediated conflicts among inmates and took an alternative-to-violence course behind bars.