O.J. Simpson Released From Nevada Prison on Parole

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O.J. Simpson was released on parole early Sunday after serving nine years in a Nevada prison for a botched sports memorabilia heist, officials announced.

The 70-year-old former NFL star and actor was freed from the Lovelock Correctional Center just after midnight local time (3:08 a.m. ET) “in an effort to ensure public safety and reduce the potential for incident,” Nevada Department of Corrections said.

A short video showing his first steps outside was also released on the department’s Facebook page.

He is expected to remain in Nevada for the immediate future; Florida and California, where he has lived in the past, did not receive requests for transfer before his release, officials said.

His longtime friend, Tom Scotto, told NBC News last week that Simpson was looking forward to playing golf, seeing old friends and spending time with family.

One thing he’s not relishing: renewed attention on allegations he killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in 1994.

“He’s tired of hearing about it. He doesn’t want to talk about it. He doesn’t want to talk about anything negative. He’s a very positive guy and he just wants to move forward,” Scotto said.

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Goldman’s father, Fred, said he was “disgusted” at the thought of Simpson walking free.

“I’m not too terribly thrilled that any horrible human being — certainly he fits that description — gets out of jail,” he said last week.

Simpson was acquitted of murdering Goldman and Brown in a sensational, televised 1995 “trial of the century” but found liable for the deaths in a civil case two years later.

Then in 2007, Simpson and five other men broke into a hotel room at a Las Vegas hotel casino and seized a cache of items he believed were his property, including game balls and photos of his children.

With four of his accomplices testifying against him, he was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges and sentenced to a maximum of 33 years, with parole eligibility after nine.

It was no surprise that his parole hearing in July was a spectacle, with TV viewers tuning in to hear Simpson tell board members he had led “a conflict-free life.”

“I’ve done my time,” he said. “I’d just like to get back to my family and friends.”




Image: O.J. Simpson's Parole hearing
O.J. Simpson’s sister Shirley Baker, daughter Arnelle Simpson and friend Tom Scotto react during his parole hearing in July.