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O.J. Simpson Paroled

He is eligible to be released on parole as early as October 1st

Lovelock, NV - (CNN) O.J. Simpson is getting out of prison, after nearly nine years on charges of leading an armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The Nevada Parole Board unanimously voted to release Simpson on October 1.

Simpson, the former NFL great and movie star, was acquitted in 1995 of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. More than a decade later, he was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges related to the incident in a hotel room.

As he did at his sentencing hearing, Simpson told the parole board he was attempting to get family heirlooms and personal items back from memorabilia dealers. But he told the parole board he's sorry for the incident, and apologized to the lone surviving victim, Bruce Fromong.

Fromong testified at the hearing in support of parole.

Simpson was sentenced to nine-to-33 years in prison in 2008.

'I'm going to tell the truth'

Fromong said he has been working hard for weeks on his testimony and has gone through piles of paper putting down thoughts. "It's important that I see O.J. face to face, man to man," he said.

At his 2008 trial, Simpson testified that he and several cohorts entered The Palace Station hotel room to get back "his stuff" back from Fromong and Beardsley.

When Fromong testified at the trial, he was asked by Clark County District Attorney David Roger if he stole anything from Simpson. "No sir, I did not," Fromong said.

Fromong says he and Simpson became close friends in the early 1990s and worked on memorabilia deals together.



WIBC's Eric Berman contributed to this report.


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