Ron Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, fought back tears as he talked about the possibility that O.J. Simpson might soon walk free.
On Thursday, just hours prior to Simpson’s parole hearing in Lovelock, Nevada, Ron Goldman’s dad and his sister, Kim Goldman, sat down with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos to talk about what life has been like since the former NFL pro started serving a prison sentence for his part in the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas in September 2007 — and the possibility that he could be released as early as Oct. 1.
In 1995, Simpson was found not guilty in the murders of Ron Goldman and his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. In 1997, however, Simpson was found guilty for their deaths in a civil trial, and was ordered to pay over $33 million to the families of the victims.
“Ron never gets to spend his life doing what he wanted to do,” a tearful Fred Goldman told Stephanopoulos of his son’s death. “We’ll never get to share his life, and the killer will walk free and get to do whatever he wants.”
Nobody has ever been convicted for the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, and Fred Goldman said his family will probably “never get the justice” they so desire.
Kim Goldman noted that Simpson being behind bars these past few years has been a sort of reprieve for her family. “We’ve lived our life with walking the streets and sharing the same roads that we did. With him being locked up in Lovelock, it’s been a chance for us to kind of reclaim some control of our life, and some semblance of sanity” she said. “So, I’m preparing myself for that to be changing, come October.”
Both Kim and Fred Goldman are adamant that Simpson should not be granted parole. “I think his whole history of violence, ignoring the law, no respect for the law, no remorse for virtually anything he’s ever done, is an indication of who he is as a person,” Fred Goldman said. “I don’t think there’s any reason to think he’s going to be a decent human being in society. I think he’s proved otherwise.”
ET recently spoke with Lionel Cryer, who served on the jury that found Simpson not guilty in the criminal trial, and he voiced a different opinion of the 70-year-old former athlete’s parole hearing. “This is America and in America, when you’ve done your time ….definitely people should be allowed to get their parole,” he said. “I understand also, [Simpson has] been a model prisoner there. I don’t think they’re gonna deny him [parole]. I don’t think that they will.”
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