OJ Simpson Parole Hearing: Nevada Officials to Decide Fate in Coming Days

20/20 digging into OJ Simpson parole hearing in Nevada

On Thursday, O.J. Simpson will appear on a video call from Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada and explain to a parole board why he should get out of prison nine years into a sentence that included a 33-year maximum penalty.

Simpson's parole hearing from the comfort of your home. Simpson has been in jail for the past nine years for the 2007 assault, robbery and kidnapping of his associates in a Las Vegas hotel room. He has already been granted parole on some of the charges in 2013.

One defense attorney believes he is likely to receive a parole.

Simpson was convicted after breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room on September 13, 2007, with the help of several other men and stealing sports memorabilia he claimed belonged to him. "The media still portrays him in a negative light because he was acquitted of the murders [of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman]".

Four of his accused accomplices - Michael McClinton, Walter Alexander, Charles Ehrlich and Charles Cashmore - took plea deals and testified against Simpson.

"They're looking at the severity of the crime. they're looking at the individual's personal and prior criminal history, they're looking at histories of drug abuse, alcohol abuse" and other factors, said Patton, one of the former parole board chairs.

The commissioners will examine Simpson's behavior in prison, and ask him questions about his plans for the future - including where he intends to live if released.

He told Page Six, "The Juice is sweating it over the parole hearing".

Roberts says numerous people she spoke with, including a retired prison guard, say Simpson has been a leader behind bars and should be paroled.

If the six votes are split, a subsequent parole hearing will be held in January 2018.

Former Chairman Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners Thomas Patton said that the board's current options were to "grant release on parole, deny parole at this time and reconsider O.J. for parole at a later date, or deny parole and require O.J.to serve the remainder of his final sentence".

If he is denied parole, Simpson could remain in prison until 2022.

"You have to do what you think is right and not really worry about public opinion", Salling added. "And what's what these people do day in and day out".

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