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O.J. Simpson Parole Meeting Set For July 20

| by Michael Doherty
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O.J. Simpson's friend Tom Scotto has revealed that Simpson told him about his plans for when he gets out of prison.

"He's hopeful," said the friend of the former NFL star, who awaits a parole hearing that could potentially put him on track to his release, according to ABC. "He's not going to try and retry the case. He's done all positive things in prison for the prison and bringing everybody together."

Simpson, 69, was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008, when he attempted to retrieve memorabilia from dealers of sports collectibles. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Simpson allegedly led a group of men into a hotel and casino to steal at gunpoint the sports memorabilia, which he argued belonged to him.

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After attempting unsuccessfully to get a new trial in 2013, he was granted parole from some of his charges based on good behavior, but remained in prison on the remaining charges.

The Nevada Department of Corrections announced that Simpson's hearing date would be July 20.

Scotto said that, if Simpson is released, he wants to "keep a low profile."

"Be with his kid, be with his family, play golf is one of his main things," said Scotto.

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Simpson was famously acquitted for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1995.

According to Dan Abrams, the chief legal analyst for ABC News, Simpson's fame could potentially harm his chances at freedom. The parole board will reportedly weigh 11 factors in the parole decision, including Simpson's behavior in prison, his age, and the crime he was convicted for.

"If he wasn't O.J. Simpson, his chances would be quite good," said Abrams.

"If you look at what happened in 2013 you would say, 'Same factors are going to be applied here, except for the crime itself, you would think that he's got a pretty good shot,'" Abrams explained.

"Except the fact that he's O.J. Simpson has just got to play into this in some shape or form," the analyst added.

If granted parole at the July meeting, Simpson would leave jail in October. If the commissioners deny him parole, however, they would then decide the date for the next meeting, which could be up to five years away.

"I'm not optimistic. I know parole boards," said Joe Bell, Simpson's childhood friend. "They're going to insist that he killed Nicole, even though they’re not supposed to consider that. But they do."

Ron Goldman's father Fred Goldman said his reaction to the idea of Simpson getting parole was one of "disgust."

"He committed a horrible heinous crime," said Kim Goldman, Ron's sister, "and I have no feeling except 'rot in hell.'"

Sources: Daily Mail, ABC (2) / Photo Credit: Jobs For Felons Hub/Flickr

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