Once a superstar athlete and later the centre of attraction for one of the biggest murder trials ever, O.J. Simpson is back in the spotlight again.
Arrested for multiple felony counts, including criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, robbery, and using a deadly weapon, Simpson is set to plead his case before the Nevada Board of Parole.
He was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years in prison in 2008, with the possibility of parole in nine years.
The only people allowed to speak during the hearing will be victims, direct family members of victims, Simpson, and his representatives.
The four members must unanimously agree to release Simpson and if they do he could be set free from prison in October, 22 years after being found not guilty for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Ahead of the parole hearing, Goldman’s family made an appearance on Good Morning Africa.
“Ron never gets to spend his life doing what he wanted to do,” a tearful Fred Goldman told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos today. “We’ll never get to share his life, and the killer will walk free and get to do whatever he wants.”
“What’s troubling to me is not only him, but the whole system gives second chances to violent felons or, for that matter, anyone in jail,” he added. “Ron doesn’t get a second chance.”
“We lived our life with [Simpson] walking the streets and sharing the same roads that we did,” Kim Goldman said. “With him being locked up in Lovelock, it’s been a chance for us to kind of reclaim some control over our life and have some glimpse of sanity.”
She added, “I’m preparing myself for that to be changing come October.”
If Simpson’s plea is rejected, he will spend at least another 3 years behind bars.