Earlier this afternoon, O.J. Simpson was granted parole with a unanimous vote from four commissioners on the Nevada Board of Parole. The now 70-year-old has served nine years of his 33-and-a-half-year sentence for a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas — a completely unrelated charge from the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, which he was ultimately acquitted of.
O.J.’s daughter, Arnelle, also took the stand, hoping to convince the board to set him free. During the hearing, she said, “No one really knows how much we have been through, this ordeal in the last nine years… My experience with him is that he’s like my best friend and my rock. And as a family, we recognize that he is not the perfect man, but he is clearly a man and a father who has done his best to behave in a way that speaks to his overall nature and character, which is always to be positive no matter what.” Get to know more about her and what she had to say below!
She’s O.J.’s oldest daughter
Born on December 4, 1968, the 48-year-old is arguably the most recognized of all O.J.’s kids.
O.J. and Arnelle arrive for the “Cliffhanger” premiere in 1993.
Her mom is Marguerite Whitley
Marguerite and O.J. were married from 1967 to 1979 and had two other children together, Jason Simpson and Aaren Simpson — who passed away from accidental drowning when she was 2 years old.
She’s credited with coming up with the idea for O.J.’s book, If I Did It
Unfortunately, she’s also been accused by Ron Goldman’s family of keeping proceeds from the book away from them.
She’s defended him in court before
When her dad was first tried for the robbery in 2008, she read a letter defending her father and advocating for his freedom. Today, she also read a letter with the same purpose. She said, “This has been hard, I’m going to be honest. This has been really, truly hard.” She continued, “There is no right or wrong way to explain how to handle this, but we do know that — I know that — he is remorseful. He truly is remorseful and we just want him to come home so that we can move forward for us, quietly, but to move forward.” Looks like they’ll now be able to do that. O.J. may be released as early as October 2017.
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