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Here’s When OJ Simpson Will Be Released From Jail

Fallen football hero O.J. Simpson has served nine years of his 33-year sentence for robbery and kidnapping. The Juice, now nearing 70 and with failing health, is up for parole. There is much speculation about his chance of getting out.

Simpson has been a model prisoner, according to reports, in the time he's spent at Lovelock Correctional Center. He was charged with 12 counts in total, including conspiracy, burglary, robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. When he began his sentenced, Simpson promised to be a model prisoner.

In 2013, Simpson appeared before a parole board and reported that he took pride in his accomplishments at the prison. He had been coaching prison-yard sports, advising younger inmates and 'kept a lot of trouble from happening,' he claimed. He also had been a hard worker at his jobs, which included mopping floors and disinfecting the gym equipment.

Parole on those charges was granted, but that was only five of the charges. For his upcoming parole hearing, he could be let out of prison by this fall, shortly after his 70th birthday. Simpson has a number of things going for him: he's an older inmate (meaning he's less likely to commit crimes upon release), he's educated, he's got no disciplinary write-ups, he's counseled other inmates — these are all things that would point to a favorable hearing for Simpson.

It's not that easy in Simpson's case, however, considering his infamous murder case. Yes, he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, but hype over the highly charged and publicized 'trial of the century' just won't die down. The majority of Americans believe Simpson got away with murder.

At a civil trial, Simpson was found responsible for the deaths, and was ordered to make restitution. Many even speculate that the reason Simpson received the maximum sentence for every charge in his 2008 burglary and kidnapping trial was 'payback' for his murder trial acquittal. Interest in the case hasn’t died down at all; new books, miniseries and documentaries are still coming out all the time, and the public devours them. Even someone on a parole board is going to have trouble separating his feelings towards Simpson based on the murder trial.

When it comes down to it, parole is going to be granted based on how the parole board feels about Simpson. And if they feel justice is better served by Simpson staying where he is, then that’s where Simpson will stay.

If Simpson is denied parole this year, he'll be up for it again in five years, when he's 75.

Source: Sports Illustrated
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