OJ Simpson Could Be Free in October
He's got a parole hearing on July 20
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2017 12:30 AM CDT
OJ Simpson returns to the witness stand to testify after a break during a 2013 hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.   (Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – OJ Simpson has a July 20 parole hearing that could have him released from a Nevada prison on Oct. 1, a state parole official said Tuesday. Simpson, now 70, has served more than eight years of a nine-to-33 year sentence imposed after he was found guilty in 2008 of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other charges stemming from a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room in September 2007. Simpson is due to appear by videoconference from Lovelock Correctional Center, where he is being held, before a panel of four parole commissioners sitting in Carson City, parole official David Smith says.

Simpson's attorney in Las Vegas, Malcolm LaVergne, says he will be with his client at the medium-security prison in a small town 90 miles northeast of Reno. "If he's able to get parole, my prediction is he's going to want to live a quiet life," LaVergne tells the AP. Simpson has been to the parole board before. In July 2013, he told commissioners he regretted the encounter with the collectibles dealers in Las Vegas and said he had apologized to them. The board noted Simpson had no disciplinary actions during his incarceration and was deemed a low risk for repeat offenses. It granted Simpson parole on some convictions, leaving him with least four more years before his minimum nine-year sentence was reached.

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