O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.