OJ Simpson could be released from prison on Monday after being granted parole in July, ESPN’s Ashok Moore reports.
A “plan is in place” for Simpson’s release from the Nevada prison, Moore said, and it could happen as early as October 2.
Simpson, who is now 70 years old, was serving a 9-year-minimum sentence for a 2007 armed robbery, in which he attempted to take back sports memorabilia that he claimed was stolen from him. He could have faced up to 33 years in prison for the 2008 conviction.
A Nevada parole board unanimously granted him parole for serving as a “model prisoner,” CNN reports. Behind bars, Simpson worked in the prison gym, coached prison sports teams, umpired games, and even worked as prison softball league commissioner.
“I would say 99.9 [percent] of inmates like him — they look up to him,” said Jeffrey Felix, a retired Lovelock Correctional Center prison guard, to The Los Angeles Times.
Simpson remains in Lovelock, which is in northern Nevada, but will be moved to High Desert State Prison, which is just outside Las Vegas, before he is released.
Simpson, a former NFL star, was famously arrested in 1994 for the killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
He continues to maintain his innocence in the murders and, in 1995, was found not guilty of all charges in the televised trial.
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