OJ Simpson Could Be Out of Prison by October

'Model inmate' is up for parole
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2017 2:09 AM CST
OJ Simpson Could Be a Free Man This Fall
In this May 14, 2013, photo, OJ Simpson appears at a hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.   (Ethan Miller via AP, Pool)

OJ Simpson's nine-to-33-year sentence for his role in an armed hotel room robbery could see him behind bars in a Nevada state prison until 2041—or freed as soon as this October. This is the first year in which Simpson will be eligible for parole, and lawyers say there's a good chance the 69-year-old inmate will be granted it, despite the fact that the Oscar-winning OJ: Made in America documentary has put murder allegations against him back in the spotlight. "Simpson's age, the fact that he was given parole on the first sentencing batch, weigh in his favor," a Nevada defense attorney tells KTLA. "So does the fact that he was by all accounts a model prisoner, as does any acceptance of responsibility for his actions."

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, and the fact that their families won a wrongful death civil suit against him in 1997 will not count against him at the parole hearing, lawyers say. Bruce Fromong, one of the two memorabilia dealers Simpson was convicted of robbing, says he will testify in favor of his release. "OJ's done his time, he's been a model inmate," he tells CNN. Ron Goldman's father says he isn't surprised by the news the former football star might be released, because "Simpson has proven over and over again, throughout his life, he has absolutely no concern for the law or authority." (More OJ Simpson stories.)

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