O.J. Simpson may soon be a free man if reports about his upcoming parole hearing in July are to be believed.
The former NFL star and convicted felon has kept a solid record of good behavior while in prison, teaching classes and many other activities that help fellow inmates.
A parole board, which is scheduled to meet the week of July 20, is expected to recommend his release no earlier than a possible date of October 1. It would be nine years to the day after he was sentenced to 33 years.
TMZ Sports reports:
A rep for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners has confirmed the date and says if things go well, Simpson could be released as early as October 1.
Simpson will not attend the hearing in person — he will be video conferenced in from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
69-year-old Simpson was arrested in 2007 on several armed robbery and kidnapping charges after stealing sports memorabilia from a Vegas hotel room. He was convicted in 2008 and has been locked up ever since.
Las Vegas attorney Daniel Hill told SI that Simpson is “the kind of person who gets paroled,” adding that he “has done a significant amount of time and, by all accounts, hasn’t caused any problems.” Indeed, Simpson was granted parole on those five counts back in 2013 due in part to his good behavior and positive contributions to the prison, including helping with chores, participating in education programming, and mentoring fellow inmate.
According to an ex-business partner who has visited him, “He’s convinced he’ll be coming out this fall and is counting down the days to his hearing like a kid waiting for Christmas.”
He will be free and wealthy.
Under America’s Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the NFL pension cannot be touched by creditors, so the money he still owes the Brown and Goldman families from their civil suit will have to come from elsewhere.
The Goldman and Brown families say they have seen a “mere fraction” of their award from the civil case.
A source close to the Goldmans stated: “They have vowed to pursue him to the ends of the earth and will continue to do so after he walks out of prison.
If he is smart, he will just pay it. He is getting a third chance… don’t blow it!