O.J. Simpson is scheduled for a parole hearing on July 20.
At the hearing, the Nevada Board of Parole will vote to either free him in the fall or make him continue to serve his sentence, which is nine to 33 years, reports The Washington Post.
He is currently doing time at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for 12 convictions, including kidnapping and armed robbery that occurred during his 2007 attempt to recover sports memorabilia from two collectors.
If parole is granted, Simpson would be freed "on or after Oct. 1."
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However, an incident of alleged masturbation could affect that parole board's decision, reports the New York Post. According to an anonymous prison source cited by the Daily Mail, Simpson was at some point caught masturbating in his cell, which is reportedly against the rules at Lovelock.
"O.J. is facing a disciplinary hearing after being written up for masturbating in his prison cell," the source explained. "He was caught by a female corrections officer making her normal rounds in late June. While it’s not the most serious charge to be written up for in prison, it’s serious enough that any potential parole date may be delayed or his parole denied altogether."
However, law enforcement sources declared the masturbation story to be fake news, reports the Post, citing TMZ.
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A statement from Lovelock Correctional Center concurred. "It is against Nevada Dept. of Corrections policy to release inmate disciplinary history to the public," the prison said. "It is also against policy to release inaccurate information. No official from our department would have released the information in question."
Another trivial thing Simpson allegedly did in prison was steal a cookie. That's one of the revelations in a new book called "Guarding the Juice," by Jeffrey Felix.
"I was a prison guard at the Lovelock Correctional Center at Lovelock Nevada," explains Felix on the website for his book. "During the 7 years that O.J. was being incarcerated at my prison I had almost daily unfettered access to the most notorious and controversial celebrity currently being housed in the Nevada Department of Corrections, O.J. Simpson. ... I am man of integrity and was offended when offered a million dollar bribe by the Juice (OJ Simpson), not to write this book."
In an interview with USA Today Sports cited by Sporting News, Felix said one of his colleagues had prepared to cite Simpson for eating a cookie that another inmate had taken from the kitchen.
"Being the loud O.J. he is, the guard in the bubble saw him eating a cookie," Felix explained. "And of course she said, ‘Where’d you get the cookie from?’ Well, O.J. doesn’t lie. He got it from a guy, a culinary worker. Well, she wrote him up for having contraband. Over a cookie. That’s pretty crazy. So when I came back the next day for work, O.J. came to me and told me what happened. He said, ‘I can’t have a write up because I won’t get my parole.'"
Felix says he intervened on O.J.'s behalf, and eventually persuaded the guard to drop the matter.