O.J. Simpson has been granted a July parole hearing, which could result in his release from prison as early as October.
The disgraced former NFL superstar, who is currently serving a 33-year sentence for burglary and kidnapping in a Nevada prison, turns 70 in July. An exact date for the parole hearing won’t be made until sometime next month.
Depending on the results of the parole, he could be freed in October, according to officials. In Nevada, parole hearings typically come before the official parole date.
Simpson was found guilty in a Nevada court in 2008 of all 12 charges against him, which included kidnapping, assault, robbery, burglary and conspiracy.
The charges stemmed from a 2007 incident in which he was arrested for leading a group of men into a Las Vegas hotel and casino to steal his own sports memorabilia at gunpoint.
The sentence was handed down exactly 13 years after he was found not guilty in the double murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman in 1995, in what was dubbed "The Trial of the Century."
In 1997, Simpson was found liable for the killings in a civil case.
If paroled, the former football hero's release would not come without controversy. He still owes money to the Brown and Goldman families following the 1997 civil case, when he was ordered to pay the families more than $33 million in punitive damages.
While he wore No. 32 with the Buffalo Bills in his playing days, Simpson is now known as inmate No. 1027820 inside Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center, located about an hour-and-a-half northeast of Reno.
In 2013, he was granted parole by the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, but was not free to leave as his sentences run consecutively; therefore he had to wait four more years to go in front of the board again to be liberated. He had been granted parole for two counts of kidnapping, two counts of robbery and one count of burglary with a firearm.
They cited the former Heisman Trophy winner’s good behavior as the reason he was granted parole.
In 2015, Inside Edition spoke with a former prison guard at Lovelock who said the ex-NFL star keeps a picture of his slain wife next to his bed and gets upset on their anniversary.
"He's a model inmate,” Jeffrey Felix said. “Most respect him. He treats everybody politely. He's well mannered."
Felix added that when Simpson first went to prison in 2008, he piled on the pounds.
“He would eat lots of cookies," he said. "That why he put on the weight."
Should the former running back's parole be denied, he will go in front of the board again in 2022 when he is 75.