Thursday, 22 June 2017

O.J. Simpson could be free soon as his Parole hearing holds in July

Imprisoned former American football star O.J. Simpson has a July 20 parole hearing that could have him released from a Nevada prison on Oct. 1, a state parole official said..

He is currently serving time in a Nevada prison for a Las Vegas robbery and kidnapping conviction.

Simpson, now 70, has served more than eight years of a nine-to-33 year sentence imposed after he was found guilty in 2008 of the charges charges stemming from a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room in September 2007.

One of Simpson's trial lawyers, Yale Galanter, said Tuesday he hasn't been in contact with Simpson since Simpson lost a bid for a new trial in 2013 based on a claim that Galanter botched his defense.

"From everything I hear, he's been a model prisoner," Galanter said. "I hope it all works out and he's released."

Simpson has been to the parole board before. In July 2013, he told commissioners he regretted the encounter with the collectibles dealers in Las Vegas and said he had apologized to them.

He said he kept a promise to prison officials to set an example for other inmates, whom he said he mentored and counseled when they came to him with issues.

The board noted Simpson had no disciplinary actions during his incarceration and was deemed a low risk for repeat offenses. It granted Simpson parole on some convictions, leaving him with least four more years before his minimum nine-year sentence was reached.

Simpson has always maintained he was trying to retrieve personal mementoes stolen from him following his 1995 acquittal in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles.

 "My crime was trying to retrieve for my family my own property," Simpson said at the time.

Simpson was acquitted of the June 12, 1994, murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman in the “Trial of the Century” that divided Americans sharply along racial lines.

Source: CBS News

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