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O.J. Simpson Granted Parole, Will Be Released As Early As October 1

O.J. Simpson in court.

O.J. Simpson is getting out of prison early.

Former NFL running back O.J. Simpson has been granted parole and will be released from prison as early as October 1. Simpson, who was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon back in 2008, faced his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correction Center in Nevada on Thursday afternoon.

Despite making a number of head-scratching statements, Simpson will be let out of prison after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence.

Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman back in 1995 - though the board noted that that trial was not factored into the decision.

All four board members voted in favor of Simpson being paroled.

Here's more on how the parole board scores inmates, via CNN:

The parole board scores an inmate on several factors -- the higher the total score, the greater the risk involved in releasing them. A person with a score of zero to five points is deemed low risk; six to 11 points, medium risk; and 12 or more, high risk.

In 2013, Simpson scored three points overall. Little has changed for him since then, and he is likely to score similarly when he goes before the board again this summer.

Simpson, now 70 years old, is expected to return to Florida once set free. Hopefully, he'll find a way to keep himself out of the headlines.