CARSON CITY, Nev. — O.J. Simpson won a small victory Wednesday in his bid for freedom as Nevada granted him parole on some of his 2008 convictions for kidnapping and armed robbery involving the holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room.
But the decision doesn’t mean Simpson will be leaving prison anytime soon. The former NFL star was convicted on multiple charges and still faces at least four more years behind bars on sentences that were ordered to run consecutively.
The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners released its decision in favor of Simpson’s parole request Wednesday. Commissioners noted Simpson’s ‘‘positive institutional record’’ and his participation in programs addressing ‘‘behavior that led to incarceration.’’
‘‘We expected it,’’ Patricia Palm, one of Simpson’s lawyers, said after the order was issued. ‘‘There is no reason not to grant him parole.’’
Palm said Simpson called from prison to let her know of the board’s decision. ‘‘He’s very happy and grateful,’’ she said.
The parole becomes effective Oct. 2. Then, Simpson will begin serving the minimum term on four concurrent sentences imposed for using a weapon during the 2007 robbery. After that, he has two more consecutive terms for assault with a deadly weapon, said spokesman for the board.