If a July parole hearing goes in his favor, O.J. Simpson – notorious for his acquittal in the 1995 killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman – could be released from prison later this year.
According to a Spokesperson for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, Simpson could be released as early as the 1st of October. At least 4 out of 7 Commissioners will have to vote in his favor in order for that to happen.
Simpson, a former college and professional football star, is serving a 9-to-33-year sentence for his involvement in a 2007 incident that took place in a Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson and a couple acquaintances confronted memorabilia dealers, Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley, and forcefully acquired some of Simpson’s mementos from them. Simpson was charged with kidnapping, armed robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon.
During his sentencing, Simpson said that he was just trying to reclaim family treasures and other personal belongings that had been stolen from him, and claimed that he was unaware that his acquaintances were armed.
His lawyers in the Nevada case argued that Simpson was given a harsher sentence simply as a means of payback for his acquittal in the Brown and Goldman murders.
Simpson has remained firm on his stance that he was not their killer. Still, the victims’ families won a wrongful death civil judgement against Simpson in 1997.