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OJ Simpson gets parole hearing July 25

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   July 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM   |   Comments

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July 12 (UPI) -- On July 25, O.J. Simpson will have his first parole board hearing.

Simpson was convicted by a Las Vegas jury in 2008 and has served the minimum five years on two counts of kidnapping and two more of robbery after holding up two sports collectible dealers in a strange incident involving sports memorabilia.

Now, the NFL Hall-of-Famer is up for parole. The counts carry a maximum of 15 years, but there is no guarantee Simpson will be approved for parole.

His two counts of conspiracy to commit a violent crime have already expired, as they had a maximum of four years in prison.

But Simpson will not begin serving the four deadly weapon enhancement sentences until he is paroled from the related kidnapping and robbery sentences. For the enhancements, Simpson faces between one and six more years in prison.

The minimum time Simpson will face, even if he is granted parole this month, is four more years in prison. If he is not approved, he could face up to 28 more years.

Simpson petitioned Clark County District Judge Linda Bell for a new trial on charges stemming from the sports memorabilia incident in a Las Vegas hotel room. Simpson said his lawyers were incompetent, and that he was trying to get back some personal sports property.

Should the retrial be successful, Simpson may have a change of fate. Supporters of Simpson have long held that his time in prison was made much longer because of prejudice against him relating to his 1994 murder trial.

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