O.J. Simpson’s Parole Hearing Has Been Set And His ‘Privileged’ Life Behind Bars Could Be Ending Soon
Hide yo’ kids, hide yo wives, hide you wife’s friend Ronald Goldman, because O.J. Simpson could be a free man as early as October 1.
Simpson’s parole hearing has been set for July 20 before a panel of four parole commissioners who could approve his release, TMZ reports, and if all goes peachy for Mr. Simpson, he could be out of the slammer in 100 days. The 69-year-old Simpson will reportedly not be present for the hearing, but will video conference in from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
The infamous football star has served 9 years of his 33 year sentence for a botched armed robbery and kidnapping attempt after stealing his own sports memorabilia from a Vegas casino hotel room. Simpson claimed the memorabilia and other personal items were his, hence his attempt to try to reclaim them at gunpoint. His bid for a new trial in the case was rejected in 2013, but he was granted parole that same year on some of the charges, based on good behavior, ABC News reports.
Tom Scotto, Simpson’s friend, told ABC News that if Simpson is freed, he would want “to just keep a low profile, be with his kids, be with his family, play golf.”
The family of Ron Goldman, the man who was murdered alongside O.J.’s wife, expressed their disdain with the idea of their loved one’s suspected killer going free on parole.
“Disgust,” Ron Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, said. Added Ron Goldman’s sister, Kim, “He committed a horrible heinous crime, and I have no feeling except rot in hell.”
If the parole board decides to reject Simpson’s October release, commissioners will decide the date of the next parole board meeting, which could be as far away as five years.
Simpson’s life behind bars is a privileged one, a former prison guard claims. He reportedly has a flat screen TV in his cell where he watches Keeping Up With the Kardashians and inmates allow him to skip to the front of the line in the cafeteria. He plays poker and umpires softball games. He also coaches the prison softball team. The guards even nicknamed him Nordberg — his character’s name in The Naked Gun film franchise.
[h/t ABC News]