American Sports & Screen Star OJ Simpson Faces Parole Hearing Today

Simpson is up for parole after nearly nine years in a Nevada prison for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction.

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After nearly nine years in prison, American sports and screen star O.J. Simpson will receive a parole hearing today Thursday, 20th July that could lead to him being released from prison on Oct. 1.

O.J. Simpson during a break in a court hearing in Las Vegas in 2013. Simpson is up for parole after more than eight years in prison on charges stemming from a bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. Ethan Miller/AP
Simpson, 70, was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping, among other charges, in 2008 after he confronted two sports memorabilia dealers in September 2007 regarding merchandise Simpson claimed had been stolen from him. He was given a nine-year minimum on his 33-year prison sentence.

In July 2013, Simpson had a parole board hearing regarding five of the 12 charges he was convicted of, and he said he regretted the 2007 incident. The board said Simpson was a low risk for repeat offenses and ruled in his favor, but he was not released.

At Simpson’s side in his bid for freedom at his hearing today, will be lawyer Malcolm LaVergne, close friend Tom Scotto, sister Shirley Baker and daughter Arnelle Simpson.

Simpson is expected to explain what he would do and where he would live if he is granted parole.

The parole hearing is expected to be a media frenzy. ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, HLN and ESPN will broadcast the hearing, scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT (1700 UTC).

In a nod to public fascination with Simpson’s saga, Nevada officials said the Thursday hearing will be streamed live, with a decision from the four-member board expected in a matter of hours, not the usual several days.

Source: VOA


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