As the focal point of the biggest trial of a professional athlete in history, O.J. Simpson has been serving time for the past decade in Lovelock Correction Center, a prison just outside Reno, on a 9- to 33-year sentence for first-degree kidnapping, armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit a violent crime. Of course, those charges have nothing to do with the “trial of the century,” in which Simpson was acquitted of charges following the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. No, the former Heisman Trophy winner is locked up for robbing a Las Vegas casino hotel room apparently to reclaim personal memorabilia from a pair of collectible dealers.
Before becoming a household name in connection to the wrongful deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman — for which a civil court ruled against O.J. Simpson, awarding the victims’ families $33.5 million — O.J. Simpson was a collegiate and professional superstar. As a running back for USC, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1968 and then became the first NFL player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season. He was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 1983 and 1985, respectively.
Simpson will have a parole hearing in July 2017. Should the allegedly-not-murderer’s parole be denied, he will have to wait until 2022 to get another chance at parole, at which point he’ll be 75 years old.