Plan in mo­tion for OJ Simp­son re­lease as soon as Mon­day

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LAS VE­GAS (AP) — O.J. Simp­son could be re­leased on pa­role as soon as Mon­day in Las Ve­gas un­der a plan be­ing fi­nal­ized by Ne­vada of­fi­cials, a prison spokes­woman said Wed­nes­day.

The process cul­mi­nat­ing in free­dom for the for­mer foot­ball player, ac­tor and TV pitch­man is in mo­tion, but must be ap­proved and doc­u­ments must be signed, state Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions spokes­woman Brooke Keast said.

Mean­while, the 70-yearold Simp­son re­mains at Love­lock Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter in north­ern Ne­vada await­ing trans­fer to High Desert State Prison out­side Las Ve­gas, where he would be freed, Keast said.

Simp­son’s re­lease is ex­pected after nine years be­hind bars for his 2008 armed rob­bery and kid­nap­ping con­vic­tions fol­low­ing a con­fronta­tion with two sports mem­o­ra­bilia deal­ers in a Las Ve­gas ho­tel room.

He was sen­tenced to up to 33 years, but won pa­role in July due to good be­hav­ior and other cred­its earned in cus­tody.

A state pa­role board set Sun­day, Oct. 1, as the date Simp­son be­comes el­i­gi­ble for pa­role. Once re­leased, he will be su­per­vised by the state Divi­sion of Pa­role and Pro­ba­tion un­til Sept. 29, 2022.

His re­lease could come on the first busi­ness day after Oct. 1 be­cause state pro­ba­tion of­fi­cials don’t han­dle re­leases on week­ends, said Keast, who said she in­tends to pro­vide video to the pub­lic of the re­lease.

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