OJ Simpson has been serving a 33-year prison sentence for his role in a 2007 robbery, but, nine years into his sentence, he may be released.
Simpson is eligible for parole Oct. 1 and, by many indications, the 69-year-old will soon be a free man. The Independent reports that Simpson has a parole board hearing on July 3, and if parole is granted, he could be released from prison as early as Oct. 3.
In order to be granted parole, Simpson must attain recommendations from at least four of the seven commissioners at the hearing. Las Vegas criminal defense attorney David Hill believes parole for Simpson is well within reach.
“He’s the kind of person who gets paroled,” Hill told the Daily Express. “He has done a significant amount of time and, by all accounts, hasn’t caused any problems.”
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According to Sports Illustrated, Simpson has been a "model" inmate, serving as commissioner of the prison softball league and acting as a guardian for the younger inmates. The parole board's decision is based on comprehensive review of the prisoner's case.
Prisoners are given "points" based on a number of factors; five points and above means the prisoner is still considered a danger and parole is unlikely, according to Sports Illustrated. In Simpson's last parole hearing in 2013, Simpson scored a "three," putting him a low-risk category.
If denied, Simpson could remain in prison until 2022, according to SI.
Upon release, Simpson is set to collect $2.7 million in retirement benefits from his time in the NFL, according to The Independent. Simpson was found liable for wrongful death charges in the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, and was ordered to pay $33.5 million in restitution. Simpson paid only a fraction.
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Under the America’s Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Simpson's NFL retirement funds cannot be touched by creditors. Simpson owes almost all of the original $33.5 million settlement to the Brown and Goldman families.