Date set for OJ Simpson parole hearing

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Orenthal James (OJ) Simpson will get a chance at freedom at a July 20 parole board hearing.

Simpson is eligible for parole in October, but the July 2017 hearing will determine if he will be released.

The Parole Board will be meeting in Carson City, but Simpson will participate by video feed from the Nevada Department of Corrections Prison in Lovelock.

Simpson is currently serving four concurrent sentences of 12 to 72 months each for the Use of a Deadly Weapon Enhancement to Robbery; and two consecutive sentences of 18 to 72 months each for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

The charges stemmed from a 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery involving the holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room.

The sentences up for parole are for a single combined term of 4 to 18 years.

If Simpson is granted parole, he will not be released until October 1, 2017 or later.

If the Parole Board denies his release, the panel will set a re-hearing date which could be one to three years later.

The NV Parole Board uses a guideline and parole risk assessment when making its decision. The guideline consists of several elements including:
- a risk "instrument" which predicts general recidivism
- the crime severity
- any factors that may mitigate or aggravate the consideration of parole release.

The Board will also consider any letters of support or opposition to parole, if any.

In July 2013, Simpson was previously granted parole on the other convictions in his case.

Simpson was also known for his high profile acquittal in 1995 in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

More information can be found at Nevada Parole Guideline.

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