O.J. Simpson may be a free man sooner than later. The ex-football player whose trial swept the nation in 1994, is currently behind bars at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. According to Sports Illustrated, he is set to go in front of the parole board as early as this summer and could be released soon thereafter.
Simpson has been incarcerated since 2008. He was convicted of conspiracy, burglary, robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon surrounding a 2007 incident involving memorabilia collectors.
Simpson has been in legal trouble since his "Trial of the Century" in 1995; he was acquitted of the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. Two years later, he was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages after being found guilty in a wrongful-death civil suit.
The publication cites that Simpson has tried, unsuccessfully, several times to appeal his current sentence. At the start of his sentence, he pledged to be “the best prisoner [they’d] ever have" and he has reportedly been a model prisoner.
David Smith of the Nevada parole board tells Sports Illustrated that the parole hearing is expected to take place over the summer. Simpson is eligible for parole on Oct. 1 and if granted, he could be free by fall. If he's denied, he could remain incarcerated until 2022.
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