O.J. Simpson. Image via Flipboard.com
O.J. Simpson. Image via Flipboard.com

If O.J. Simpson is sprung from a Nevada prison when he turns 70 in 2017, he might also release his demons about the 1994 double murder linked to him, a friend says.

“The guy is in total torment today,” longtime friend Ron Shipp told The New York Daily News. “Someone told me he is 300 pounds and he looks horrible. O.J. has always felt his appearance meant everything and now, deep down inside, he is starting to live with himself.”

Eligible for parole July 9, 2017 on his armed-robbery conviction, Simpson could that day “rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy theories and say, ‘Sorry, I cannot go to prison (due to double jeopardy laws), but I am sorry I did it,’ ” said Shipp, who testified during the 1995 trial that Simpson had told him he had had dreams of killing Brown Simpson, his ex-wife.

Shipp, a former LAPD officer, has said he couldn’t believe his friend could have killed Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman on June 12, 1994.

“I should have known,” he told the New York Daily News. “I didn’t really see him at the time doing that because of my love for him. I didn’t want to believe the things I saw.”

His guilt isn’t the only issue being debated:

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