Nevada Parole Board Determining OJ's Fate Next Week

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On Thursday, July 20, former National Football League star running back O.J. Simpson will plead his case to a parole board.

Despite the notoriety that came from the murder trial, as well as being the 1968 Heisman Trophy victor and Hall of Fame running back for the Bills, two former chairs of the Nevada parole board told NBC News Simpson will be treated simply as "Inmate #1027820".

Simpson was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges in the crime. But a parole hearing in 2013 bodes well for Simpson, according to Galanter. now locked up because he broke into a Las Vegas hotel room on September 13, 2007, and stole at gunpoint sports memorabilia the he claimed was his.

Simpson is being considered for parole for kidnapping, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and the use of a deadly weapon enhancement.

"The people that are making this decision are part of the legal system", Galanter said. He was found guilty by a jury on all 12 charges. "The law said he didn't do it". In a statement published on its website, the parole board said all commissioners use the same risk assessment and guidelines, adding, "There is no evidence that the board is aware of that indicates that one location has panel members who are more conservative or liberal than the other location". Eastern time on Thursday, USA Today reports.

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Another former parole board chairman, Thomas Patton, told NBC that the current board will not be swayed "by something that was put out in a media context". They already know his record as a prisoner.

"From what I've been told, the primary focus of his life is to get parole right now", David Ng told USA Today.

The commissioners will examine Simpson's behavior in prison, and ask him questions about his plans for the future - including where he intends to live if released.

Simpson could walk free as soon as October 1.

The Nevada parole board regularly meets about three months ahead of an inmate's parole eligibility date, which is why Simpson is on next week's agenda.

"Galanter, who has not spoken to Simpson in a while, said the "$24 million question" is what he will do if he is freed. "Spend a lot of time with your family and your friends. Make sure your health issues are taken care of and really live under the radar".