The Nevada Department of Corrections took a new mugshot of Simpson, who is serving up to 33 years at the Lovelock Correctional Center for armed robbery and other crimes

By K.C. Baker
June 07, 2016 01:50 PM
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In past mugshots, O.J. Simpson has looked less than happy.

In the now-infamous 1994 mugshot taken when he was arrested in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ronald Goldman, his expression is dismal, with few traces of the affable star of the Naked Gun film series and Hertz rental car commercials that helped make him a household name. (He was famously acquitted on the murder charges.)

Simpson also stares solemnly at the camera in his last mugshot, taken in 2013 by the Nevada Department of Corrections, where he is serving up to 33 years for armed robbery and other crimes.

But in a new mugshot taken by the Nevada Department of Corrections, the now silver-haired former NFL star, 68, is shown smiling and looking relaxed in his prison uniform against a vibrant red backdrop.

“It’s important for us to update our records periodically and have accurate information and images of those in custody,” Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast tells PEOPLE.

Simpson was found guilty in 2008 of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, robbery and using a deadly weapon after a September 2007 incident at the Palace Station hotel and casino in Nevada, in which he says he was trying to reclaim items he says were stolen from him, including his Heisman Trophy and a ring he had given to Brown that he wanted to pass down to his daughter, Sydney.

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He could be released on parole in 2017, by which point he will have served a mandatory minimum sentence of nine years.

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Renewed interest in Simpson and the so-called Trial of the Century reached a fever pitch earlier this year with the airing of the FX series, American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson.

On June 11, ESPN’s highly anticipated five-part documentary, OJ: Made in America, will premiere on ABC, with subsequent episodes airing on ESPN on June 14, 15, 17 and 18. The series focuses on Simpson’s life, the sensational murder trial and the crime that led to his current prison sentence.

The series also goes in on the history of racial tension between the Los Angeles Police Department and the city’s minorities, which set the tone for Simpson’s trial. It features interviews with more than 70 of Simpson’s friends and colleagues – and key figures from the Trial of the Century.

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