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OJ Simpson Granted Parole, To Be Freed from Prison

OJ Simpson Granted Parole, To Be Freed from Prison

His fate is in the hands of four Nevada parole board commissioners who will hear arguments Thursday about whether to release Simpson, who is approaching the nine-year minimum of his 33-year sentence for armed robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Two central figures in the O.J. Simpson murder trial spoke out Thursday ahead of Simpson's parole hearing regarding a 2007 incident that has landed him in prison for almost nine years.

OJ Simpson could soon be released from prison if he's granted parole on Thursday.

OJ SIMPSON has been granted parole after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist. Many experts believe he has a good shot at getting it.

It has been 22 years since former Bills running back O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but it's been nine years since Simpson set foot in prison for an entirely different crime. In one instance, Simpson was asked about conflicts he's had in his life.

Following Simpson's testimony to the board, his daughter Arnelle Simpson, spoke on his behalf. He was found liable for the double homicide in a 1997 civil case and owes a $33 million civil judgment, which he will still face should he be released from prison.

Please join Nancy Grace and Alan Duke for a LIVE post-hearing podcast, starting immediately after the parole board announces their decision.

Simpson, his attorney and a Simpson family member are expected to speak at the hearing, Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast told ABC News.

"We just want him to come home", she added.

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Simpson was eligible for parole this year.

He laughed at one point as the parole board chairwoman mistakenly gave his age as 90.

ABC will have live coverage of Simpson's parole hearing Thursday at 1 p.m.

The two-hour special, Guilty: The Conviction of O.J. Simpson, will premiere in October.

Simpson told the commissioners earlier today he's missed 36 birthdays with his children while behind bars and missed their college graduations, and if he was to be paroled, he said he wants to spend as much time as he can with his family.

He said if Simpson had been denied parole, it would have meant the board was treating him differently than other inmates based on his very public past.

"While they respect the legal process, they are feeling both frustration and anticipation over how this will change their lives again should Simpson be released".

Simpson pledged at the start of his sentence to be "the best prisoner [they'd] ever have" to officials at the prison.