Crime

O.J. Simpson Might Be Released After July Hearing

| by Lauren Briggs

O.J. Simpson could be a free man by the end of 2017.

The 70-year-old infamous former pro football player is expected to attend a parole hearing in July after spending nearly 10 years in prison for felony convictions that include first-degree kidnapping, armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit a violent crime, for which he was sentenced nine to 33 years, reports USA Today.

Simpson said that he does not wish to speak to the media, although officials intend to host a press conference after Simpson's parole hearing in Carson City, Nevada.

Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast said that they are preparing to encounter a public protest at the event.

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"For his safety, we can't open the doors to the public, so we're doing a live streaming," Keast said of the parole hearing, according to USA Today. "Whatever the decision the board makes, there's going to be somebody who isn't going to like it."

Keast said that she had not heard of any disciplinary problems with Simpson during his sentence.

"There's no threat and there was nothing happening that indicates there will be issues," she added. "But we have to be careful because he's a higher profile inmate."

She said that the NDOC will "definitely have more staff working" during Simpson's hearing and that it is coordinating with nearby sheriffs to ensure that the public does not present any problems.

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Simpson's convictions came not from the "trial of the century" surrounding the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, but rather from an unrelated 2007 hotel room robbery at a Las Vegas casino, for which Simpson stated that he was simply trying to retrieve some items that were stolen from him.

"I just wish I never went to that room," Simpson said at a 2013 hearing.

According to the fallen superstar, his former agent stole the suit he wore when he was acquitted for the two murders, personal photos, football memorabilia and other souvenirs, according to the Los Angeles Times. Simpson's agent reportedly owed him money, he said, and was hoping to cash in on the items. The former NFL player said he lost his temper when he went with people he described as "golfing buddies" to retrieve them.

"I'm O.J. Simpson," he said during a 2007 interview with the Times. "How am I going to think that I'm going to rob somebody and get away with it? You've got to understand, this ain't somebody going to steal somebody's drugs or something like that. This is somebody going to get his private [belongings] back. That's it. That's not robbery."

Sources: USA Today, Los Angeles TImes / Photo credit: Surrey Country Council News/Flickr

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