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Simpson would be released from prison this year, public defender says

O. J. Simpson, the Hall-of-Fame football player famous acquitted in his wife’s murder before you to prison for a Las Vegas hotel robbery, was released on parole early this year, a top public defender said Tuesday.

Simpson, 69, is being held at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. Simpson’s age and the reports of his good behavior in prison, parole is a good possibility, Steven Yeager, the deputy chief public defender in Clark County, told Nevada Newsmakers.

“Usually when the parole board is the making of that provision, they are looking to the detainee the history of the institution, disciplinary history,” Steven Yeager, the deputy chief public defender in Clark County. “They also look at the age of the detainee and one of the things that we always talk about in the criminal justice system is the older you get, the less chance you have to continue committing crimes.”

The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners is expected to set a hearing for Simpson in June. If he is granted parole, he would probably be released in October.

Simpson is serving a 33-year sentence for a 2007 robbery at a Las Vegas hotel. He was convicted of first-degree kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a violent crime. Simpson said he was to retrieve memorabilia and a number of personal belongings in the hotel.

The former football star was denied parole in 2013. He was only nine years of his 33-year sentence so far.

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Simpson grabbed national attention when he was named a suspect in the murder trial of his wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. He was acquitted of the murder in 1994 on a trial basis. The case later went to a civil trial where he was found liable for the death.

Yeager told Nevada Newsmakers that the murder trial could affect Simpson is the chance of obtaining parole, because “politics and the perception of the public.”

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“Probably what makes that a little more complicated here is the fact that he (Simpson) was not, of course, guilty of these crimes. But there is a widespread belief in our country that he committed these crimes,” Yeager said.

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