OJ Simpson freed from prison after nine years

Oct 02, 2017, 00:41
OJ Simpson freed from prison after nine years

O.J. Simpson was freed on parole early Sunday morning after serving 8-1/2 years behind bars in a Nevada prison for the 2007 armed robbery of two sports memorabilia traders in Las Vegas.

But if major networks aren't willing to pay for the interview, Simpson's acquaintance said never-before-seen photos and footage of OJ "could be a major deal" for popular USA shows like Good Morning America and Today.

Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison, and was released shortly after midnight on October 1, 2017 after serving the nine-year minimum. Citing safety concerns, she said the plans were not being made public.

But it appears that the Sunshine State is exactly where Simpson is headed when he is released on Monday by Nevada correctional authorities after winning his parole back in July.

She spoke from Lovelock, where she said she witnessed Simpson signing documents to be released.

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The Nevada Department of Corrections has not released any information about the timeline of Simpson's release despite being inundated with media requests from across the country.

"The spectre of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option", Florida Attorney-General Pam Bondi said in a statement.

Tom Scotto, one of Simpson's longtime friends, told ABC News, "All he wants to do is spend time with his family and friends and his kids".

Simpson lost his home near Miami to foreclosure in 2012.

Simpson, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has four adult children, two of whom live in Florida. He will live in a gated community in a suburb of Las Vegas, but will not "hide" from the public, the friend said.

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Unlike when he walked free after his murder trial in 1995, Simpson faces parole supervision for another five years. The former Buffalo Bills star contended the memorabilia and other personal items belonged to him.

After retiring in 1979 he starred in television shows and movies, including the 1988 film The Naked Gun.

A famous "slow-speed chase" that was televised resulted in his arrest, and his "trial of the century" was broadcast live to millions of rapt viewers across the nation.

Despite the 1995 not-guilty verdict, a civil court jury held Simpson liable for the deaths of his Brown Simpson and Goldman, awarding $33.5m (£25m) to their families.

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