OJ Simpson appeared via video link from Lovelock Correctional Center. (Source: YouTube/Parole Board of Nevada)
CARSON CITY, NV (FOX5/AP) -
O.J. Simpson has been granted parole on some of the convictions in his 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping case involving two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel.
Simpson was convicted in December 2008 on charges including kidnapping, robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to nine to 33 years for the 2007 stick up of memorabilia dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.
The former NFL star appeared before a two-member parole panel last Thursday to plead for leniency. He expressed regret for his actions and said he has tried to be a model inmate while behind bars.
During last week's parole hearing, a graying Simpson told Parole Commissioner Susan Jackson and hearing officer Robin Bates, a retired Nevada prison warden, that he was sorry for his actions.
"I just wish I never went to that room," the 66-year-old Simpson said. He added he has made amends with Beardsley and Fromong.
In an order published Wednesday, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners said Simpson was granted parole on two first-degree kidnapping charges, two robbery charges and a burglary with a firearm charge. The board cited Simpson's positive conduct while in prison, his participation in programs, his lack of prior convictions and the consecutive sentences he has yet to serve, as reasons for their decision. The order becomes effective Oct. 2.
However, the order does not mean that Simpson will be released from Lovelock Correctional Center. He still faces time for four weapon enhancement sentences, followed by consecutive terms for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. In a year, he will appear before the board again for parole consideration on the weapon-enhancement sentences.
In May, Simpson argued the merits of his bid for a new trial in connection with the Las Vegas case. He is still awaiting a decision from Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell, who will decide whether he is granted a new trial.
If Bell finds in Simpson's favor, prosecutors will have to decide whether to retry him, offer a plea deal or set him free with credit for time served.
Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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