OJ Simpson is expected to receive a recommendation for early release on July 3 after serving nine years of his 33-year sentence for good behavior. If the board agrees with Simpson’s early release, the soonest he would be a free man would be Oct. 3.
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Simpson was arrested in 2008 for his part in a litany of crimes that included armed robbery and kidnapping a sports memorabilia broker in a Las Vegas hotel room.
For the 69-year-old to secure his release, four of the seven board members would need to be in agreement. Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Daniel Hill is confident that Simpson will be granted parole for how he behaved while incarcerated.
“He’s the kind of person who gets paroled,” Hill told he The Daily Express. “He has done a significant amount of time and, by all accounts, hasn’t caused any problems.”
Simpson’s checkered past was brought to the forefront again after the recent five-hour documentary and the FX show “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, which outlined his prolific career in college and the NFL.
The FX show reminded Americans how the “trial of the century” transpired and the controversial ruling in favor of Simpson after he was arrested and charged with a double murder in 1995 of his estranged ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her alleged lover Ron Goldman.
It’s currently unclear if this previous history will play a role in his parole hearing. It would be unjust if so, but it wouldn’t be the first time someone was looked at in a different light from a previous charge/incident.
Simpson has amassed over $21,000 a month while behind bars which largely due to his NFL pension. But since Simpson has since “retired,” creditors cannot take his funds because of the America’s Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
It was recently reported that Simpson owed over $27 million to various people. The family of the one of the victims, Goldman, was awarded a $33.5 million sum in damages attributed to a civil suit the family fought shortly after the not guilty verdict. The family cited they have only seen a “mere fraction” of the amount that is owed to them.