TODAY | August 01, 2013
>>> let us begin this half hour with more on that legal victory for o.j. simpson that's tied to the kidnapping and armed robbery convictions that have kept him behind bars for nearly five years. it's a story with good news and bad news for simpson . here's nbc's miguel almaguer.
>> orenthal james simpson .
>> reporter: now 66 years old, o.j. simpson has been granted parole, but one of the nation's most famous inmates, he isn't getting out of prison just yet.
>> my intent wasn't to rob anybody .
>> reporter: during a video conference plea to the parole board , he expressed regret for a las vegas hotel room heist six years ago.
>> i am sorry for what has happened. i just wish i'd never gone to that room. i wish i didn't.
>> reporter: convicted of orchestrating the armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers, simpson was sentenced for up to 33 years, but wednesday a board of commissioners granted his parole, noting simpson 's positive institutional record and minimal criminal history.
>> even though o.j. got parole on some of those charges, he was originally sentenced to more charges, and those start to trigger now. so he has to serve at least four more years before he has any chance of getting out.
>> reporter: in may simpson asked a judge for a new trial, claiming he was given poor legal advice from his original lawyer.
>> i followed what i thought the law.
>> reporter: if the judge agrees, simpson could soon go free. if the request is denied, he'll stay in prison until at least 2017 .
>> nine years is probably a pretty fair sentence for what he did. he's going to have to continue doing his sentence.
>> reporter: for the last 20 years, o.j. simpson 's legal woes have captivated the nation.
>> if it doesn't fit, you must acquit.
>> reporter: all these years later, we are still waiting to find out what will happen to o.j. simpson next. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles .