ESPN will televise OJ Simpson’s parole hearing live on Thursday

O.J. Simpson could be released from prison this year, after spending nearly a decade behind bars.

Walter Alexander, who avoided jail time in return for testifying against Simpson, said the former National Football League star didn’t think they were committing any crimes.

In 2013, Simpson was granted parole on a few of the 12 original charges, but the man was required to serve an additional four years for some his weapons-related convictions, including assault with a deadly weapon. He is now in prison serving a maximum 33-year sentence after being convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery charges back in 2008.

Just like his murder trial, Simpson’s parole hearing will likely dominate the airwaves. If Simpson, who was already granted parole on some of his charges in 2013, is paroled again, he will be released from prison in October but will still have to meet with a parole officer and submit to other conditions.

The murders of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman have cast a shadow over Simpson for the past two decades.

Walter Alexander avoided jail time by testifying against Simpson. “They were trying to steal other people’s money”.

Four members of the six-person parole board will be in the hearing room in Carson City.

Another accomplice, Clarence C.J. Stewart, went on to trial and was convicted, but his case was overturned by the Nevada Supreme Court after it ruled he was denied a fair trial.

The Juice will be beamed in via video conference from Lovelock Correctional Center, where he has been serving his stretch. The man who prosecuted him and put him behind bars, retired Clark County DA David Roger, says he believes Simpson will get parole.

If the six votes are split, a subsequent parole hearing will be held in January 2018.

As Simpson’s release eligibility date is not until Oct.1, he will not be released until then if the parole board decides to free him, notes NBC.

“I’m very sympathetic to him being released at the first possible moment”, Bailey, 84, told NBC News.

“You have to do what you think is right and not really worry about public opinion”, said Salling. “And what’s what these people do day in and day out”.