OJ Simpson up for parole, could walk free

Rachel Hardy
July 18, 2017

O.J. Simpson, behind bars in a Nevada prison for nearly nine years, is eligible for parole Thursday and one of his former attorneys thinks the matter is all but a foregone conclusion that the former football and TV star will be eligible for release on October 1. At the time, the judge sentenced him to serve 33 years behind bars, with the possibly of parole after nine years. Simpson had been led to believe that memorabilia stolen from him was being sold by a sports collectibles broker, and the attempt at demanding their return quickly devolved.

The 2007 crime, during which Simpson and others stole some 800 items from a Las Vegas hotel room, came a little over a decade after he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.

If the board votes against him, Simpson could stay in prison until 2022. This is evident from the ratings of "American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson" that aired on FX from February 2 to April 5, 2016, winning nine Primetime Emmy awards.

That leaves the Nevada Parole Board of Commissioners to consider on Thursday the more serious offences of assault with a deadly weapon and four weapons charges. During his 2013 parole hearing, Simpson mentioned the possibility of getting involved in Alcoholics Anonymous or taking another course that would improve his chances of getting parole for the remaining counts of his conviction. Scotto and Simpson have known each other for years.

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"It was all amusing to him", Alexander said.

"You have to do what you think is right and not really worry about public opinion", said Salling. But a parole hearing in 2013 bodes well for Simpson, according to Galanter.

A friend says Simpson seemed "excited" when they spoke on the phone last week, and that he was "very positive".

If he is released from prison, we have already heard about at least one unique opportunity that could allow Simpson to make some money.

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