Nevada Parole Board Determining OJ's Fate Next Week


It came more than a decade after he was acquitted in one of the most high-profile trials in history for the double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

He was granted parole in 2013 on the armed robbery convictions. Simpson has already served his minimum sentence.

"He's going to get parole, " predicts Yale Galanter, Simpson's lawyer during the 2008 trial.

The parole board says it expects to announce its Simpson decision on the same day as the hearing, which we are told "has never happened before".

Those parole board commissioners must decide whether one of the most infamous men in the nation, imprisoned almost a decade ago for a bungled Las Vegas robbery, walks out of prison.

On Thursday, July 20, former National Football League star running back O.J. Simpson will plead his case to a parole board.

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Simpson was convicted after breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room on September 13, 2007, with the help of several other men and stealing sports memorabilia he claimed belonged to him.

Simpson, 70, was sentenced in 2008 to nine-to-33 years in prison for his role in an armed Las Vegas confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers. He was found guilty by a jury on all 12 charges.

The men also told ABC's Deborah Roberts that if Simpson was a "regular guy" he could possibly be set free, but his circumstances change things. On Thursday, the board will consider parole on the other charges, including kidnapping, robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon.

The parole board has said it will issue a decision Thursday so to minimize the media circus that will surely follow its decree. "A decision (on Simpson) is being made at the time of the hearing so that the board's operation can return to normal as soon as possible after the hearing".

Simpson will have an opportunity to address the board by video conference as he did during the 2013 hearing. The commission usually includes seven members, but now it has only six because a vacancy occurred June 30 and the replacement will not begin until after Simpson's hearing. In the rare case of a three-three tie, parole would be denied for six months and a new hearing would be held next January.

His release date would likely be October 1.