RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - O.J. Simpson has spent the last nine years behind bars at the Lovelock Correctional Center, and July 20, 2017 he'll have a chance to ask for parole.
This isn't his first attempt at release. Back in July of 2013 he appeared in front of a two-member parole board panel.
He was asking for leniency on his prison sentence stemming from a 2007 incident in Las Vegas, where he and colleagues stormed a hotel room and tried to get Simpson's person property back from memorabilia collectors.
“The difference between all of their crimes and mine is they were trying to steal other people's property. They were trying to steal other people's money. My crime was trying to retrieve for my family, my own property,” Simpson told the parole panel members.
Simpson told the panel he regretted his actions that night.
The two-member panel noted Simpson was on good behavior during his five years in prison. Their recommendation was considered by the entire board, and six days later, Simpson was granted parole on two kidnapping and robbery convictions and one burglary with a firearm conviction.
"His key to the door is a lot closer... because he now may be paroled on those remaining charges," said Ronald Richards, a defense attorney at the time of the decision. Richards wasn’t too far off.
July 20 of 2017, the nearly-entire seven-member parole commission will consider Simpson's sentences for four robbery with a deadly weapon and two assault with a deadly weapon convictions.
Six board members will look at parole for Simpson. A seventh member needs to be appointed by the governor and that’s not expected until after Simpson’s hearing.
They will look at a variety of things, including a pre-sentence investigation examined by the court. The board will also look at a report prepared by the Department of Corrections looking at Simpson's behavior in prison.
They'll consider parole risks and score Simpson on things like participating in correction's programs, and discipline while behind bars, and active gang membership if any.
While there are six board members, only four of them in Carson City will make the initial decision on Simpson's parole. If they cannot come up with a unanimous decision, two members listening passively in Clark County will be called upon to vote until there are four votes to grant or deny parole.
If Simpson is granted parole he will not be released from the prison in Lovelock until October 2017. He’ll be under supervision until 2022.
If the board denies parole, Simpson can try again in three years to be released on parole for those crimes committed back in 2007.