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Parole hearing set July 20 for former NFL star O.J. Simpson

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Los Angeles (AFP)

Former NFL star running back O.J. Simpson, convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008, has a parole hearing scheduled for July 20 and could be freed from a Nevada prison by October 1.

Simpson, who turns 70 on July 9, has been imprisoned at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada for more than eight years after a 2007 incident at a Las Vegas hotel.

Simpson, who said at the time he was trying to retrieve personal sports memorabilia that was stolen from him in the mid-1990s, was sentenced to 33 years behind bars with a minimum of nine years without parole.

The 1970s star rusher for the NFL's Buffalo Bills was acquitted in 1995 in an infamous trial for the 1994 killings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

In a 1997 civil court ruling from a wrongful death lawsuit, families of the victims were awarded a $33.5 million judgment against Simpson.

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