A Nevada parole board ruled Thursday O.J. Simpson can be released from prison this year.

Simpson, 70, is eligible for release as early as October 1. 


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Four Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners made the unanimous ruling at the Lovelock Correctional Center, where Simpson is jailed for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping at a Las Vegas hotel that stemmed from a dispute over memorabilia.

Simpson, who plans to live in Florida, has already served eight years of his 9- to 33-year sentence.

At the hearing, Simpson repeatedly said he went to the hotel room simply to retrieve his "own property" 

Reports going back to February of this year indicated the parole board was likely to recommend Simpson's release for good behavior.

"I basically have spent a conflict-free life," said the retired NFL star, who was famously acquitted in 1995 in the double-murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.

Simpson said he completed an "Alternative to Violence" course while incarcerated and helped set up a Baptist service for he and other inmates of the same faith. 

One of the board members held up a stack of papers, saying they received hundreds of messages of support and opposition to Simpson's possible release. 

She said the 1995 acquittal and a subsequent civil judgment against Simpson would not be considered by the panel.

The board heard supportive testimony from Simpson's oldest daughter, Arnelle Simpson. She is one of Simpson's three children from his first marriage to Marguerite Whitley, which ended in 1979.

She called Simpson her best friend and her "rock" in life.

Simpson had two more children with Nicole Brown Simpson after their marriage in 1985.

At the end of the hearing, the board heard from the victim of the robbery Bruce Fromong, who was notably wearing a Heisman Trophy shirt.

"If he called me tomorrow and said ... 'will you pick me up?' Juice, I'll be here tomorrow," he said, calling Simpson a "good man who made a mistake."

As for what's next for Simpson, Geraldo Rivera said after the decision that the entertainment industry will likely fall all over itself to capitalize in the form of TV specials and/or books. 

"I kind of threw up in my mouth [at the thought]," he said. 

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