O.J. Simpson: Inmate number 1027820

LOVELOCK, Nev. - One of the most anticipated parole hearings in Nevada history is nearing.

O.J. Simpson could be released from prison in October if four members of the parole board give the OK Thursday.

So, what's next for O.J. if that happens?

For nearly nine years, O.J. Simpson has called the Lovelock Correctional Center his home. On Thursday, he will learn whether or not he will be able to leave.

"I said to Mr. Simpson, I didn't know if he was arrogant or ignorant, or both.  And during the trial, and through this proceeding, I got the answer, and it was both," said Judge Jackie Glass.

With that statement, Judge Glass sentenced Orenthal James Simpson from 9 to 33 years in prison for his role in a 2007 memorabilia heist at Palace Station casino in Las Vegas.

Simpson became inmate number 1027820 in the Nevada Department of Corrections system. But if he's granted parole, then what?

Former Clark County District Attorney David Roger, who prosecuted the case in 2008, thinks O.J. will keep his head down.

"I can't imagine him doing another robbery at age 70," Roger said. "I suspect that he'll be on parole for a period of time and if he messes up, then he'll go back to prison."

But Simpson's Florida home sold at a foreclosure auction in 2014. And any money the 70-year-old might make would go to the Goldman and Brown families as part of paying down the $33.5 million wrongful death civil judgment against Simpson -- stemming from the 1994 slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

It was while Simpson was in jail for the criminal trial -- in which he was acquitted in the killings -- that memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong said he became fast friends with O.J.

"During the 17 months, well, I guess it was 16 or 17 months, we did $3 million worth of business," said Bruce Fromong, memorabilia dealer.

Fromong was the victim during the 2007 Palace Station heist. But he has repeatedly said he wants to continue his relationship with The Juice whenever Simpson leaves prison.

"If he called me and said Bruce, I'm getting out tomorrow and I need a ride, I'll be there."

"Whether or not O.J. will be calling Fromong remains to be seen. After all, this all stems from Simpson trying to reclaim what he called stolen items from Fromong.

If Simpson is granted parole, he could be released as soon as Oct. 1.

The hearing will be live streamed on www.LasVegasNOW.com as well as the 8 News NOW Facebook page starting at 10 a.m.


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