BY: DANIEL PETERSON
O.J. Simpson’s hearing will likely occur in July. Based on the outcome, the guy may be able to breathe freely by October 1.
Simpson, who was famously found guilty in 1995 in the killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, has been serving a 9-to-33-year imprisonment for his alleged role in a 2007 scenario that happened in a Las Vegas hotel.
Simpson and armed colleagues reportedly confronted mementos dealers Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong and took pieces of Simpson’s mementos from them. Simpson was convicted of assault, kidnapping, and armed robbery with a deadly weapon.
Simpson has never denied that he was the killer, although the Goldman and Brown families won the murder case against him in 1997.
Since 2008, Simpson has been at a medium-security prison in Lovelock Correctional. The release comes at a time when Simpson has returned to the limelight with his documentary “O.J.: ‘Made in America,’” which won the Academy Award for ‘best documentary.’
For Simpson to be released, at a minimum, four of the ‘seven commissioners’ will have to vote in his favor.
This time, Simpson will only be required to make parole on 7 of the original 12 counts.
Luckily, Simpson’s prosecution in the deaths and civil suit loss won’t impact on his bid for parole.
Parole board scores base on various factors – the higher the overall score, the higher the risk involved in freeing him. Individuals having a score of 0-5 points are deemed low risk; 6-11 points, medium risk; and 12 or more, high risk.
In 2013, Simpson secured three points overall.
Simpson will turn 70 in July, and individuals aged 41 and older are viewed less likely to commit a crime -1 point. Simpson is retired, thus, is believed not to have gang ties; also, he is a medium-custody inmate (all 0) points.
In 2013, Simpson lacked a record of disciplinary actions over the year prior to the hearing, -1 point. He has maintained a pattern of recommendable behaviors and is likely to have the similar score again during this summer.
Completing a treatment, educational, or vocational program would also favor him. In 2013, he scored zero in this category but testified then that, he was waiting to join a “commitment to change” program. If he joined, Simpson would likely score -1 point this summer.
Simpson has a ‘property crime conviction’ in the 2007 incident 2 points. His 2013 parole documents reveal a history of “frequent drug abuse, a severe disruption of functioning.” 2 Points.
Since men are statistically more prone than women to committing crimes, Simpson also scores 1 point for his gender.