Former NFL star O.J. Simpson granted parole for Las Vegas robbery after nine years in prison 

“I’ve done my time,” Simpson said in a statement following the verdict. “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as anybody can. I think if you talk to the wardens they’ll tell you.

“I’ve not complained for nine years. All I’ve done is try to be helpful… and that’s the life I’ve tried to live because I want to get back to my kids and family.”

Simpson could be freed as early as October after Nevada commissioners approved his release.

The 70-year-old was convicted of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges following an incident in a Vegas hotel in 2007.

In 1995, the ex-Hall of Fame running back was famously acquitted for double murder after emerging as the chief suspect in the killing of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Simpson was found to be liable for their deaths in a civil lawsuit two years later and ordered to pay $25m in punitive damages.

His conviction for the crimes connected to the Las Vegas hotel incident came in 2008, exactly 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife.