By Hilary Weaver. Photos: Getty Images.
O.J. Simpson could be released from prison as early as October 1, CNN reports. A hearing that will take place in July will determine the decision. David Smith, spokesperson for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, confirmed the news to the outlet.
According to CNN, Simpson has been serving a 9-to 33-year sentence, and this is the first year he will be up for release. At least four of the seven commissioners on the board will have to vote in Simpson’s favor for his release.
Simpson has been at Lovelock Correctional Facility, a Nevada-based, medium-security prison, since 2008, after being convicted of charges including kidnapping, armed robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. At the time of his trial, Simpson and six other men were accused of forcibly entering sports memorabilia collector Bruce Fromong’s Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson claimed that he had been trying to reclaim “sports memorabilia that was rightfully his,” as the Las Vegas Sun noted. He was found guilty on all 12 counts for which he was on trial.
The former football player was famously acquitted in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995. The FX series that documented that trial, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, along with the Oscar-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America, launched Simpson back into public attention in the past year. Simpson is now 69 years old, and as CNN notes, is considered less of a risk because of his age.
Vanity Fair has reached out to the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners for comment.
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