O.J. Simpson could be released from prison sooner than expected. CNN reports. He will have a parole hearing with the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners in July and depending on the outcome, O.J. could go free as soon as Oct. 1.
Simpson, who was famously acquitted in 1995 in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, has been serving a nine to 33-year prison sentence for his role in a 2007 incident that took place in Las Vegas.
Simpson, along with armed associates, allegedly confronted Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley. The group reportedly took pieces of Simpson’s memorabilia from the dealers and the pro-athlete was convicted on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
At his sentencing, Simpson said he was attempting to reclaim family heirlooms from the memorabilia dealers and other personal items that had been stolen from him. He also claimed that he was unaware his associates were armed with weapons.
Since 2008, Simpson has been serving his sentence at Lovelock Correctional Facility. It’s a medium-security prison located in a remote desert town of the same name.
In a 2013 hearing, the pro-athlete was granted parole on some of the counts against him. This summer, he will only have to make parole on seven on the original 12 counts.
The parole board scores an inmate on a variety of factors. The higher the score in sum, the greater the probability of releasing them. An inmate with a score of zero to five points is deemed low risk, one who scores six to 11, medium risk and 12 or more is high risk.
In his 2013 hearing, Simpson had an overall score of 3.