O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Scheduled Later This Week

Former NFL star O.J. Simpson will stand before a parole board this week after spending nine years in prison for attempting to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint back in 2007. If Simpson does receive parole, he could be released as early as October of this year.

According to CNN, a significant determinant in favor of O.J. Simpson in this case is that the Nevada parole board leans favorably towards risk assessment guidelines on whether or not to make a decision on letting prisoners go. The lower the score, the better chance for parole.

Because of Simpson’s older age of 70 and the fact that he has remained out of trouble while serving his time, according to prison officials and records, Simpson is expected to score a 2 or 3 out of 12 points.

Another factor working in favor of his release is that the victim of the armed robbery in Las Vegas is willing to testify on behalf of Simpson. CNN reports Bruce Fromong, memorabilia dealer, reportedly told CNN’s Paul Vercammen, that he would travel to the Lovelock prison to see Simpson face to face and to tell the parole board that he believes that Simpson did too much time for the crime.

The 1994 slayings of his ex wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman will not be considered in the parole hearing because Simpson was acquitted of those charges.

Simpsons’ daughter, Arnelle Simpson, is prepared to speak on behalf of her father at the parole hearing. Simpson also will speak to convince the commissioners that he is indeed worthy of freedom.

In previous hearings, Simpson has described himself as a model inmate and a “prison diplomat.”

Global News reports that the four state parole commissioners will view and ask questions to Simpson via video conference from Carson City on Thursday and engender a decision that same day.

If Simpson is denied parole, the commissioners will set a new parole hearing date one to three years out from the last hearing.

If Simpson is freed, he will not be released from prison until early October. According to Simpson’s good friend Tom Scotto, after release Simpson is most likely going to move to the West Coast of Florida with his adult children.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor


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