O.J. Simpson could be a free man as early as Monday, according to ESPN’s Ashok Moore.
A Nevada prisons official said a plan is in place to release Simpson and it could happen “as early as Monday.” Simpson, who was sentenced in 2008 to 33 years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas, was granted parole on July 20th, after serving nine years.
A parole board, consisting of four Nevada commissioners, unanimously granted parole, citing Simpson’s status as a “model prisoner,” according CNN’s Eric Levenson. After the parole board ruling, it was announced that the earliest he’d be eligible for release is October 1st, which will be on Monday.
Simpson, now 70, said during his parole hearing, “I take full responsibility” in regards to his role in the memorabilia theft.
“I’ve spent nine years making no excuses about anything. I am sorry that things turned out the way they did,” Simpson said in his closing remarks during the hearing. “I had no intent to commit a crime. … I’ve done my time. I’d just like to get back to my family and friends — believe it or not, I do have some real friends — and I tried to be helpful to everybody.”
According to Ken Ritter of the Associated Press, O.J. remains in Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada, but he will be moved to High Desert State Prison outside Las Vegas prior to being released. He is expected to return to his home in Florida once he is out.
That said, Dennis Hof, owner of the Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, wants O.J. to be a “greeter” at his brothel and has offered to let him live on the premises as long as he is an employee. However, TMZ also reports that several of the women that keep the Bunny Ranch in business have vowed to quit if O.J. is given a job.
According to TMZ, Brooklyn Moore, said,
“The last thing we need is another link to the Kardashian clan coming around to ruin our business, and jeopardize our safety.”