O.J. Simpson biographer Jeffrey Toobin says he believes the disgraced former football hero will receive parole when he is eligible next year.
Toobin, who wrote the best-seller, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which was brought to television in the FX series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, said he believes the Nevada board of parole will grant the former Heisman Trophy winner liberation.
"He served a very long time for a very minor crime," Toobin told Conan O'Brien as he appeared on Conan Thursday night. "I think he actually will get out."
Convicted of a 2009 armed robbery, Simpson was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and is currently doing time in a Nevada prison. When he is eligible for parole next year, he will be 70 years old.
Toobin said: “I have a paradoxical feeling about this. As you recall, he was acquitted in the criminal trial for the murders, even though he was incredibly guilty. The subsequent trial in Las Vegas…I thought he was innocent but was convicted.”
O’Brien asked Toobin if the sentence was “payback” for Simpson's acquittal in the 1995 murder trial of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
“This was a karma-based sentence,” Toobin said. “The legal system is not supposed to be based on karma. It is supposed to be based on each crime taken on its own.”
Toobin sarcastically added: “As far as I am concerned, it could not have happened to a nicer guy.”
The author then said: “I am glad he was locked up, but it really was an unjust sentence.”
As Toobin and the host discussed Simpson’s case further, the author admitted he has tried to reach out to the former football great numerous times and he has never heard back from him.
“I have not exactly been coy about my opinion that he killed Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman,” he said.