After Nearly 10 Years in Prison, Possible Freedom for OJ
Nevada inmate has parole hearing set for July
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2017 6:57 AM CDT
In this May 14, 2013, file photo, OJ Simpson sits during a break on the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Ethan Miller, Pool, File)

(Newser) – For nearly 10 years, OJ Simpson has called Nevada's Lovelock Correctional Center home, the Reno Gazette-Journal notes. In July, however, Simpson may get a present just as his 70th birthday rolls around, depending on the results of a parole hearing the state's Department of Corrections has announced will take place that month. The hearing date will be scheduled in mid-June, and it will be streamed live, per an NDOC spokeswoman. Simpson has been serving a nine-to-33-year sentence at Lovelock since December 2008 after being convicted for kidnapping and armed robbery, among other charges, after a 2007 sports memorabilia hotel-room heist.

If Simpson is granted parole, he'll still have to wait until October before he's a free man: NBC News notes Nevada's parole hearings usually come months before the release date. In the meantime, the spokeswoman says officials will have to prepare for protests if Simpson is granted parole. "Whatever … decision the board makes, there's going to be somebody who isn't going to like it," she tells the Gazette-Journal, which notes this isn't Simpson's first such hearing. He had one in 2013 and was successfully granted parole, but only on some of the charges; he had to serve at least another four years for the other ones. (Caitlyn Jenner recently made her thoughts known on whether OJ was guilty in the murder case.)

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