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Brother of alleged O.J. Simpson heist victim puts new spin on crime that sent Simpson to prison

Posted at 11:19 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2018-11-21 17:46:47-05

With the possibility O.J. Simpson could be a free man later this summer, we're hearing from the brother of the Las Vegas memorabilia dealer at the center of the rip-off that landed Simpson in prison. 

Al Beardsley was inside Palace Station with Simpson. He has since died, but now his brother is sharing new details about that night. 

Michael Beardsley said he and his brother believe that Simpson is a killer. He said his brother was the man who "finally put the monster in his cage." Beardsley said he hopes Simpson remains in prison.

"He needs to be in there for the rest of his life," he said. "And I really hope that he is!"

In just months, Simpson will go before a Nevada parole board and could be released. Simpson's 2008 conviction happened more than a decade after one of the most notorious murder acquittals of all time.

Simpson was convicted of robbery and kidnapping in a scheme to get back some of his own sports memorabilia. 

 Beardsley said his brother confessed to him that it was all a scam. 

"This whole ordeal was a plan that they had made up and it backfired," Beardsley said.  

He also said that Simpson and Al had a "strange friendship" and that like a reality show, the entire incident was scripted and Al knew what was about to go down. He said the plot was hatched to help drum up sales for Simpson's widely panned book titled, "If I Did It." 

"The whole ordeal at the Palace Station was supposed to put more focus back on him," said Beardsley.  "More focus on the book, so he could sell more copies of the book. And it didn't turn out that way."

Simpson's hearing is set for July.