O.J. Simpson could be paroled as soon as October — and free to cash in on millions of dollars in retirement benefits, according to a new report.
At a hearing that is scheduled for July, a parole board is expected to recommend the 69-year-old’s release based on good behavior, which would mean that Simpson could walk free as soon as October 3. If he is released from prison, he will be eligible to receive the $2.7 million that has accrued from his retirement benefits, according to a report from the Sunday Express.
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The 69-year-old fallen football star has served nine years of his 33-year sentence for kidnapping, robbery, and assault in Nevada.
Simpson, who gained fame and fortune as running back for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers and, later, a TV and movie star, was controversially acquitted of the vicious 1995 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
He was found civilly liable for their deaths in 1997, but the families of Simpson and Goldman reportedly will not receive a penny of Simpson’s retirement benefits, since a pension cannot be collected for outstanding claims. Simpson has paid very little of the $33.5 million he owes the families.
Simpson has spent the last nine years at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, following a 2008 conviction on various charges for the robbery of sports-memorabilia dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.
During the 2007 heist, Simpson and others stole some 800 items from a Las Vegas hotel room. The disgraced football star has always maintained he was simply getting back his own items that the duo had stolen from him.
According to Sports Illustrated’s recent in-depth investigation into Simpson’s chances of release, Simpson must convince four out of the seven parole-hearing commissioners who will give him a score based on certain conditions. Those criteria include gender, current age, age at time of arrest, gang membership, substance abuse, prior convictions, and disciplinary write-ups for bad behavior in prison. Simpson’s predicted score would qualify him for release by a safe margin.
Simpson was paroled on five of his 12 charges in 2013, after successfully arguing he had displayed good behavior while behind bars.
A Las Vegas-based criminal defense attorney The Daily Express that he’s optimistic about Simpson’s chances of release. “He’s the kind of person who gets paroled,” Daniel Hill said. “He has done a significant amount of time and, by all accounts, hasn’t caused any problems.”
Through the years, Simpson has maintained his innocence in the double murder, which was thrust back into the public eye following the 2016 release of The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” on FX.
In 2007, he wrote a book along with a ghostwriter called If I Did It: Confessions Of A Killer in which he wrote in the first person and provided a “hypothetical” description of the murders of Simpson and Goldman.
In August 2007, a Florida bankruptcy court awarded the rights to the book to the Goldman family to partially satisfy the civil judgment.
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Main photo: O.J. Simpson at his 2013 parole hearing [CNN screenshot]