O.J. Simpson Not Expected to Face Opposition to Release at Parole Hearing

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2017

FILE - In this May 14, 2013 pool file photo, O.J. Simpson sits during a break on the second day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate, will have a lot going for him when he appears before state parole board members Thursday, July 20, 2017 seeking his release after more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia. (AP Photo/Ethan Miller, Pool, File)
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The chances of O.J. Simpson earning his parole are reportedly good heading into Thursday's hearing.

According to Ken Ritter of the Associated Press, no one will oppose his petition to be released in October. Neither the victim nor the former prosecutor is expected to be in attendance. 

"Assuming that he's behaved himself in prison, I don’t think it will be out of line for him to get parole," former Clark County attorney David Roger said.

Simpson is in the midst of a 33-year sentence for armed robbery and assault with a weapon after he attempted to retrieve sports memorabilia in Las Vegas. He was given a minimum of a nine-year sentence before his first parole hearing.

The other men involved in the crime either received probation in plea deals or at most a 27-month sentence.

The former NFL star was obviously the most notable figure in the case, gaining notoriety after his football career when he was accused and eventually acquitted of the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

His parole hearing will be seen live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET Thursday, per Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.