Sunday 21 January 2018

OJ Simpson freed after nine years in prison for Las Vegas armed robbery

O.J. Simpson signs documentation at Lovelock Correctional Center, Nevada, U.S. as he is released on parole, in this still picture released by Nevada Department of Corrections October 1, 2017. Nevada Department of Corrections/Handout via REUTERS
O.J. Simpson signs documentation at Lovelock Correctional Center, Nevada, U.S. as he is released on parole, in this still picture released by Nevada Department of Corrections October 1, 2017. Nevada Department of Corrections/Handout via REUTERS
Former football legend O.J. Simpson signs documents at the Lovelock Correctional Center, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Lovelock, Nev. Simpson was released from the Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada early Sunday. (Brooke Keast/Nevada Department of Corrections via AP)

OJ Simpson has been freed on parole after nine years in prison for a Las Vegas armed robbery.

The former American football player and Hollywood star, was released from a Nevada prison this morning.

Unlike when he walked free after his murder trial in 1995, Simpson faces parole supervision for another five years.

Nevada state prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast said he was released early on Sunday.

The 70-year-old told the parole board that he wanted to live in Florida but the Florida Department of Corrections said officials had not received a transfer request or required documents.

Simpson was sent to prison in Nevada for a botched hotel-room robbery of sports memorabilia 12 years after he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles.

Simpson was cleared in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and a friend, Ron Goldman following his sensational, 13-month trial in Los Angeles.

A civil court jury subsequently found him liable for the deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million in damages to the victims' families, a judgment that remains largely unpaid.

Simpson is a native of California, born in San Francisco, and played his final years as a pro football player for that city's team, the 49ers. He lived in Los Angeles at the time of the murders.

But California corrections officials say he has not filed papers to live in that state either.

At his parole hearing, Simpson, known during his football career as the “Juice”, said he was ready to spend time with his children and friends outside prison and could handle the public attention he would get.

Among reasons the commissioners gave for their decision was that Simpson had complied with prison rules during his incarceration, had no prior criminal convictions and posed a minimal safety risk to the public.

Simpson won the Heisman Trophy, the award for the top college football player, in 1968 while attending the University of Southern California. He played more than a decade in the National Football League, becoming the first player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.

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