O.J. Simpson was granted parole on a number of the convictions that had landed him behind bars almost five years ago.

Last Thursday, Simpson, 66, made his case for parole in front of a two-person panel. The former NFL player contended that he was penitent for his crimes and has conducted himself impeccably during his imprisonment. Furthermore, Simpson suggested that his crimes were less severe than those of inmates he’d spoken with behind bars.

“They were trying to steal other people's property,” he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “They were trying to steal other people's money…. My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property."

The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners released the order on Wednesday that Simpson would be paroled on certain charges, but would serve out four more years of his sentence. However, the former USC running back could feasibly get out of jail much sooner, as a Clark County district judge is reportedly contemplating whether Simpson’s attorney botched his defense, validating a call for a new trial

In December 2008, Simpson was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, burglary and kidnapping after he tried to recoup memorabilia he said belonged to him. At the time, he was sentenced to 9-33 years behind bars.

– Chelsea Regan

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