Former football star O.J. Simpson may obtain his release from prison this week after serving eight years for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.
Simpson, 70, will face the Nevada state parole board this Thursday after serving most of the nine-year minimum for his 33-year sentence.
Simpson reportedly has a shot at getting released in October due to his clean record behind bars and a previous ruling in his favor by Nevada’s parole board.
The Associated Press reported that none of the six state parole commissioners are expected to oppose Simpson’s release during Thursday’s hearing.
“Assuming that he’s behaved himself in prison, I don’t think it will be out of line for him to get parole,” said David Roger, the retired Clark County, Nevada, district attorney and former prosecutor who convinced a Las Vegas jury to convict Simpson in 2008.
Twitter users on Monday debated the merits of releasing Simpson, who played 11 seasons as a running back in the National Football League.
O.J. Simpson shouldn't get parole.— Andrew Sheehy (@andrewsheehy228) July 17, 2017
O. J. Simpson is getting out 😱— ♎️SUPER_NEGRA♎️ (@Super_Negra) July 17, 2017
Four of the Nevada parole board members involved in Thursday’s hearings reportedly granted Simpson parole in July 2013 on charges of burglary, kidnapping and robbery.
The charges stemmed from a 2007 armed confrontation involving Simpson and four other men against two sports memorabilia dealers.
The four men took plea deals for the incident, which occurred over collectibles and personal items Simpson claimed belonged to him.
Two of the men involved testified that they carried guns during the encounter, while a third man was convicted and served 27 months in jail.
The Nevada Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Simpson’s fame tainted the jury against the man, while the former professional athlete’s conviction was reportedly upheld.
Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife, and her friend, Robert Goldman, in an event often called the “trial of the century."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.