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Saturday 18 November 2017

OJ Simpson could be released within months and free to cash in on his multi-million dollar NFL pension

A parole board hearing on July 3 is expected to recommend his release based on good behaviour

OJ Simpson was acquitted of stabbing to death his wife and her friend in 1994
OJ Simpson was acquitted of stabbing to death his wife and her friend in 1994

Rebecca Flood

OJ Simpson could walk free from jail in a few months after serving less than a third of his sentence before cashing in on his multi-million dollar NFL pension.

The former American football star could be released exactly nine years into his 33-year sentence after he was jailed for a string of crimes including armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008.

A parole board hearing on July 3 is expected to recommend the 69-year-old’s release based on good behaviour.

If the board votes in his favour he could be a free man by October3 , the earliest possible date for his release.

He needs to secure recommendations to be released from at least four of the seven commissioners at the hearing, something Las Vegas criminal defence attorney Daniel Hill was confident of.

“He’s the kind of person who gets paroled," Mr Hill told he The Daily Express. “He has done a significant amount of time and, by all accounts, hasn’t caused any problems."

The athlete turned film star was controversially cleared of the brutal murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her lover Ron Goldman in 1995. The pair were viciously stabbed to death.

The football player rose to stardom in the NFL in the late 1960s, and was later immortalised in the sport’s Hall of Fame.

He went on to pursue a successful acting career in Hollywood in the Naked Gun franchise.

Nicknamed ‘The Juice’, the disgraced star is reported to have amassed a fortune while behind bars thanks to his NFL pension.

The convict reportedly receives around €23,500 a month while serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Centre in Nevada.

Amounting to aprox. €283,000 a year, he will have an estimated fortune of just over €3m by the time of his expected release.

But under the America’s Employee Retirement Income Security Act the fund cannot be touched by creditors despite Simpson owing almost €31m.

The bereaved families of murdered lovers Mr Goldman and Ms Brown launched a civil suit against the football player in 1997 after the shock not-guilty verdict.

A judge awarded the then-record amount of $33.5 million – equating to roughly €31m – after a civil jury found Simpson liable for their deaths.

Despite the landmark damages, the families claim they have seen only a “mere fraction” of the amount.

Simpson was found guilty of kidnapping and robbing at gunpoint a sports memorabilia broker in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The former sportsman accused the deal or stealing a trove of personal NFL mementos.

Independent News Service

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