O.J. Simpson could be paroled Thursday. (Photo by Steve Marcus-Pool/Getty Images)
Jim Hayward, Palm Beach Post
O.J. Simpson could be freed after a parole hearing Thursday in Nevada, where he has spent the past nine years in prison on robbery and kidnapping charges, USA Today reports.
The 70-year-old former football and TV star -- infamous for his acquittal in the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson -- would be eligible for release on Oct. 1. At a 2008 trial, Simpson was found guilty of 12 counts, including robbery and kidnapping, and sentenced to nine years minimum and 33 years maximum.
"He’s going to get parole," Yale Galanter, who represented Simpson during the 2008 trial, told USA Today. "Parole in the state of Nevada is really based on how you behave in prison, and by all accounts he’s been a model prisoner."
The four members of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners will consider Simpson's case at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, USA Today reports. Simpson will participate by video conference from Lovelock Correctional Center, where he has been living since December 2008.
Simpson’s disciplinary record is not available to the public, a Nevada Department of Corrections official told USA Today. He was granted parole in 2013 on the armed robbery convictions. On Thursday, the board will consider parole on the other charges, including kidnapping, robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Simpson was convicted after breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room on Sept. 13, 2007, with the help of several other men and stealing sports memorabilia he claimed belonged to him. He was found guilty by a jury on all 12 charges.