O.J. Simpson could be getting out of jail soon if a hearing this summer finds the former football star and murder suspect is ready for parole.
The hearing is scheduled to take place in July, according to David Smith, spokesman for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners. Simpson, 69, been serving out a nine-to-33-year sentence for his role in a 2007 incident regarding sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room, could be released by the October 1st.
Simpson and armed associates allegedly confronted sports memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley and took pieces of Simpson’s memorabilia from them. Simpson, who has claimed that he was unaware that the men with him were armed, was convicted on charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
The conviction was 13 years to the day Simpson had been acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in one of the most famous trials in American history.
According to a report by CNN, the parole board scores an inmates on several factors – the higher the total score, the greater the risk involved in releasing them. A person with a score of zero to five points is regarded as low risk; six to 11 points, medium risk and 12 or more is considered high risk.
Four of seven commissioners will have to vote in Simpson’s favor in order for him to be released.
Simpson reportedly scored low in previous parole hearings. One of the things that can go in Simpson’s favor this time around is that he was never convicted of a crime, despite being a part of “The Trial of Century,” in which he has was acquitted of Brown-Simpson and Goldman.
What is working against him, however, is that the Hall of Fame running back does have a property crime conviction in the 2007 incident that counts as two points. He gets two more points in the “drug/alcohol use/abuse” category, Simpson’s 2013 parole documents cite a history of “frequent abuse, serious disruption of functioning.” Since men are statistically more likely to commit crimes than women, Simpson also scores one point for his gender.
Simpsons age, and the fact that he’s been a “model prisoner,” according to Hill, works in his favor.
Some people, however, aren’t happy to see Simpson possibly getting another chance at freedom no matter how old or how good of a prisoner he is.
“Simpson has proven over and over again, throughout his life, he has absolutely no concern for the law or authority,” Fred Goldman, Ron’s father told CNN on hearing the possibility of Simpson being released from prison.
Since 2008, Simpson has been imprisoned in Lovelock Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison.
The Hall of fame running back has been back in the news for a critically acclaimed documentary based on his life called O.J.:Made In America, which recently an Academy Award for best documentary. The television mini-series, American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson, also netted a number of awards including Golden Globes and Emmys.