Former football legend O.J. Simpson could be paroled within months after serving a fraction of his 33-year sentence for kidnapping, robbery and assault, and would be free to cash in on his multi-million dollar NFL pension, according to new reports.
The former American football star’s parole board hearing is booked for July 3 — six days before Simpson’s 70th birthday — when he’ll face a possible release if he can convince a majority of his parole board that he has kept clean during his incarceration, also avoiding gang-membership and drug and alcohol abuse, the Sunday Express reports.
Simpson was convicted of a string of charges in 2008, including armed robbery and kidnapping, and has spent the better part of the last decade serving time at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
However, the families of the two victims whose murders Simpson was found civilly liable for in 1997 — Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman — will not receive a penny of the $33.5 million Simpson owes the families.
In 2013, Simpson was paroled on five of his 12 charges after proving he had displayed good behavior while serving his sentence.
The former athlete has maintained his innocence from being cleared of double murder in the death of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in what became known as “The Trial of the Century'” in 1995. That case was thrust into the public eye again decades later after the release of the series, “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Following the television show’s debut, Simpson’s former prosecuting attorney, Christopher Darden, aired his sentiments about his participation in the 1995 trial.
“Let me go on the record and say that I can’t regret it, it’s the past,” Darden in regards to his decision to have Simpson try on the leather glove found at the murder scene for the first time before the Los Angeles jury. “I think desperate times call for desperate measures. For me, as a lawyer, I’m always going to try and win.”
Darden’s choice, however, was fundamental for Simpson’s then-defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran’s closing arguments, during which he uttered the now famous phrase, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”
His story also made its way into the spotlight again when the documentary based on his life — “O.J.: Made in America” — won an Oscar on Sunday night.