Jacksonville attorney weighs in ahead of OJ Simpson's parole hearing

Posted July 20, 2017

O.J. Simpson might be released from prison as soon as October 1 after his parole hearing at 1pm ET tomorrow-but his time behind bars hasn't exactly been grueling, one retired correctional officer told USA Today. He was sentenced to 33 years, with parole eligibility coming after nine.

The same four commissioners already granted Simpson parole on the lesser charges of kidnapping, robbery and burglary in a July 2013 hearing. As the New York Times reported at the time, Simpson burst into the hotel room of memorabilia dealers Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley on September 13, 2007, brandishing a gun.

The Associated Press outlines the assessment and his odds here.

Simpson will not personally attend the 10:00 am (1700 GMT) hearing but will appear by videoconference from the Lovelock Correctional Center, the medium-security prison where he is serving his sentence.

That is highly unlikely, though, according to legal experts who spoke with organizations like CBS News and CNN. Case closed. It will be a 4-0 ruling in favor of parole.

"It's going to be hard to leave out the murder situation from the parole board's minds, but in the end, they have to go by a regulated system, a point system".

This was also the first time Simpson took the stand in Nevada. "Under normal circumstances, he's out in October", said Loyola Law Professor Stan Goldman.

Fromong says he and Simpson became close friends in the early 1990s and worked on memorabilia deals together. "He was only getting his own stuff", Daly City resident Miguel Reyes told ABC7 News. "It doesn't matter what your name is".

Simpson won the Heisman Trophy, the award for the top college football player, in 1968 while attending the University of Southern California.

'The media interest in this one case is a disruption to our operation, ' the parole board said in a statement.

Simpson, the former National Football League great and movie star, was acquitted in 1995 of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

A civil jury in 1997 ordered Simpson to pay $33 million to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman.

The parole board scores an inmate on several factors - the higher the total score, the greater the risk involved in releasing them. Simpson needs a simple majority vote to be granted parole. In 2013, he was deemed a low risk and was granted parole on some of his charges.

"OJ is facing a disciplinary hearing after being written up for masturbating in his prison cell", a source told the Mail Online.

"What happened usually O.J. Simpson cuts in front of every line", Felix said - lines for meals, for instance.