OJ Simpson, the disgraced NFL Hall-of-Famer and former Heisman Trophy winner who was famously acquitted of his ex-wife’s murder back in 1994, could be walking free from prison as early as October. Simpson has a parole hearing on July 20th and if all goes well, like it is expected to go, Simpson could be a free man as soon as the fall. Simpson, who will turn 70 this year, has already served more than 8 years of his 33 year sentence. Simpson was sentenced in 2008 for armed robbery, kidnapping and a few other charges stemming from a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel back in September of 2007.
The prison system uses a point based system to determine if an inmate is qualified for parole. The lower the score the better. In 2013 Simpson scored 3 points during his assessment. The test takes into consideration a number of factors including age, whether or not the inmate had any disciplinary issues while incarcerated, whether or not the inmate had a job and an income at the time of their arrest amongst other things. Simpson is expected to score even better this time around making him a realistic option for parole.
Many believe that he was given a very harsh sentence back in 2008 to make up for his acquittal of murder from his 1994 case, where he was widely considered guilty in the eye of the public, but of course that is strictly an opinion.