She’s come to terms with it. Tanya Brown shared her shockingly chill reaction to the recent news that O.J. Simpson — who was infamously acquitted of her sister Nicole Brown Simpson’s 1994 murder — will be released early from prison.
“It is what it is,” the 48-year-old told People on Thursday, July 27, adding that she has done her best to accept the court’s decision for her own peace of mind. “There’s nothing we can do about it.”
As previously reported, the disgraced football star, 70, appeared in front of the Nevada Board of Parole on July 20, and it was decided unanimously that he is to be granted parole and a release from jail as early as Oct. 1 of this year.
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O.J. has served nearly nine years of a 33-year prison sentence for robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007. During his hearing, the former athlete explained why he feels the court made the right decision. “I’ve done my time,” he said. “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as anybody can.”
For her part, Tanya said that in order to keep her cool about O.J.’s impending freedom, she has learned to separate his 2007 crime from her late sister’s death. “It’s Nevada state law and people have to remember that,” she continued. “I do what I can to make the choice of accepting what I can’t change or control. If I bring 1994 into this case, I will think, ‘That’s all we got?’”
On Oct. 3, 1995, Simpson was found not guilty of murdering Nicole or her friend, Ron Goldman. His headline-making court battle was recently reimagined in FX’s 2016 miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.