Convicted felon O.J. Simpson gets parole hearing date, could walk within months

O.J. Simpson could be a free man soon. He has a parole next month before the Nevada Board of Parole and according to an expert defense attorney, Simpson meets all the qualifications for release.

CNN International reports that on July 20, the parole will decide if Simpson is eligible for prison release. parole board spokesman David Smith stated that if the parole board gives approval, Simpson could walk out of prison a free man in October.

Simpson is serving up to a 33-year prison sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Facility in Lovelock, Nevada, for a 2008 conviction of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. The incident occurred in 2007 when Simpson barged into a Las Vegas hotel room and demanded personal items and family heirlooms that a sports memorabilia collector had possession of. He stole the memorabilia back at gunpoint, but he claims his “associates” used a gun and he had no idea they were armed.

“My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property that was stolen from me,” Simpson said in a 2013 parole hearing. “I wish I had never gone to that room. I wish I had just said keep it and not worry about it.”

Nevada defense attorney Dan Hill said that Simpson will likely make parole since he is a “prime candidate” who meets the qualifications.

“Simpson’s age, the fact that he was given parole on the first sentencing batch, weigh in his favor. So does the fact that he was by all accounts a model prisoner, as does any acceptance of responsibility for his actions.”

[Feature Photo: AP/Isaac Brekken, Pool]