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OJ Simpson eligible for parole this year

(Courtesy: CNN Newsource)

O.J. Simpson could get out of prison later this year if a parole hearing goes his way.

The hearing will likely take place in July, according to a spokesman for the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners.

Depending on the outcome, Simpson could be released as soon as October 1.

The former NFL star was famously acquitted in 1995 in the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

Simpson, 69, has been serving a nine-to-33-year sentence for his role in a 2007 armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room. He and two armed associates confronted two men and took pieces of Simpson's memorabilia from them.

Simpson said at his sentencing, he was trying to reclaim personal items that had been stolen from him and he was unaware his associates were carrying guns.

At least four of seven commissioners will have to vote in Simpson's favor for him to be released.

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