Former OJ Simpson guard speaks out as parole hearing looms

Lynette Rowe
July 21, 2017

Former NFL and movie star OJ Simpson will in a few hours, ask to be released early from prison.

Darden called Simpson a "narcissist" and urged him to "admit [his] sins" in relation to the Brown Simpson and Goldman murders as well.

Simpson is now in prison for an armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel, where he and others held two men at gunpoint while taking sports memorabilia that Simpson says belonged to him.

A courtroom in 2008 heard how Simpson led a group of men who used threats, guns and force to take photographs, footballs and other items from memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Al Beardsley.

The prisoner's daughter, Arnelle Simpson, choked up as she told the parole board: "My experience with him is that he's like my best friend and my rock".

O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is scheduled for today at 1pm EST and multiple tv networks, including ESPN, will be airing the coverage live as it unfolds.

He has a clean record behind bars and if he's granted parole at his hearing, he would be released in October.

O.J. Simpson during the 1995 murder trial in the deaths of Nicole Simmson and Ron Goldman
O.J. Simpson during the 1995 murder trial in the deaths of N

You can live-stream the hearing via KTVU or NBC, or on Facebook. During the meet, Simpson will remain at the Lovelock prison, about 90 miles northeast of Reno, the parole board said. "I wish I had just said keep it and not worry about it".

In 1995 he was acquitted for the murders of his Ex-Wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

He will appear Thursday by video conference from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, to be quizzed by four state parole commissioners.

The hearing is highly anticipated by the public, and many people are already discussing his parole chances.

The Nevada parole board said it's received hundreds of letters of support and opposition related to this case. Simpson is eligible to be released from prison after being sentenced to a minimum of nine years and a maximum of 33 years in prison for a crime in September 2007.

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