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O.J. Simpson granted parole, but not out of prison yet

July 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM   |   Comments

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LAS VEGAS, July 31 (UPI) -- Former football great O.J. Simpson will remain in a Nevada prison at least four more years, even though he was granted parole Wednesday.

The Nevada Parole Board told CNN Simpson was granted parole for some of the charges related to his 2008 armed robbery convictions, but he must remain behind bars until at least 2017 since his sentences were to be served consecutively.

The parole board noted Simpson's "institutional conduct, participation in programs, lack of prior conviction history and that he has consecutive sentences yet to serve," in announcing its decision.

Simpson, 66, was convicted and sentenced to as much as 33 years in prison on a variety of charges stemming from his 2007 attempt to recover allegedly stolen sports memorabilia from dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. He was found guilty in 2008 of kidnapping, robbery and burglary, with some sentences running concurrently and others consecutively.

Simpson was found not guilty in 1995 of killing his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, in a highly publicized, eight-month murder trial in Los Angeles. He was ordered to pay millions to the Brown and Goldman families in a wrongful death suit in February 1997.

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