Watch O.J. Simpson's Parole Hearing
The former NFL star was up for parole Thursday for his 2008 conviction — and the world was watching.
All eyes were once again on O.J. Simpson during his Thursday parole hearing. The 70-year-old Simpson was granted parole after serving more than eight years in a Nevada prison for armed robbery and assault stemming from a 2007 Las Vegas incident.
After hearing his plea at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, a Nevada parole decided unanimously that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star will be released in October after serving his minimum term. The hearing was expected to last only 15 to 20 minutes, but totaled more than an hour.
The former NFL star is currently serving a 33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center, which is a medium-security facility. His first parole hearing in 2013 was featured in ESPN's Oscar-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America. Simpson, who works in the prison as a gym custodian, described himself as a model prisoner.
Legal experts had predicted that the board would grant Simpson his parole.
ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, HLN and ESPN (with a 90-minute Outside the Lines special) are preempting scheduled programming to cover the hearing and its aftermath. CBS is airing part of the hearing on TV and will be live-streaming it in full on its digital platform.
As The Hollywood Reporter has reported, Simpson's parole hearing once again has the makings of a media circus, with at least 240 credentials issued and dozens of satellite trucks expected in Carson City, where the hearing takes place, and Lovelock, where Simpson is incarcerated. News outlets are already clamoring for his first sit-down interview.
The media and public obsession over Simpson's world-famous 1995 trial for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman was revived thanks to Ryan Murphy's acclaimed FX limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which aired last year. The former football star was acquitted more than two decades ago.
Former Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman, who testified in Simpson's original trial, is providing hearing analysis for Fox News Channel and Christopher Darden, the former Los Angeles County prosecutor who worked alongside Marcia Clark during the trial, will appear on NBC News. Darden said of Simpson on Thursday's Today show, "We have yet to extract from him the punishment he deserves."