After spending nearly a decade in prison, former NFL running back O.J. Simpson will be a free man later this year.
Simpson, 70, was freed after a parole board in Nevada granted it. He was told that he organized a crime in which two victims were robbed at gunpoint.
But they added: “You are low risk to re-offend on our guidelines. You have community support. We have heard from you and your victim.”
After he won parole, Simpson told them: “Thank you, thank you.” He also bowed his head, according to a live stream of the hearing.
As he walked out of the Lovelock Correctional Center, he raised his arms before saying, “yes” and “oh God.”
His attorney said is “very happy and very emotional” for the result, adding: “He is just so polarizing that it was hard to know the certainty of this.”
Simpson’s parole eligibility date is Oct. 1, 2017.
In 2007, he said that during the 2007 robbery at a Las Vegas hotel, he wanted to get his personal mementos from “some guys” who were trying to “fence” him, ABC News reported.