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O.J. Simpson Released From Prison



O.J. Simpson was released from the Nevada correctional facility early Sunday morning after serving a 9-year prison sentence.

The former football star, who was sentenced to 33 years at the Lovelock Correctional Center after being convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery charges in 2008, was granted parole in July.

“I told him, ‘don’t come back,’ and he responded, ‘I don’t intend to’,” Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast told CNN. “He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life.”

Keast added that Simpson packed up four boxes of prison possessions, signed some paperwork and met with his new parole officer before an unidentified friend picked up Simpson just after midnight.

The Nevada parole board ruled that Simpson could leave prison as early as October 1st; however, due to the anticipated media frenzy surrounding his release, Simpson’s official release date was not formally announced by prison officials.

“Our biggest concern was our safety and the public’s safety and not wanting anybody, paparazzi, to follow him,” Keast said. “He left through a big blue door through the front gatehouse and exited quietly. He looked down because he didn’t want to be photographed.”

His lawyer Malcolm LaVergne said that Simpson “wants to go to Florida, he wants to see his family and hug his family on the outside of prison… So he wants to enjoy those very simple pleasures, and he wants to do that in Florida.”

However, on Friday, Florida district attorney Pam Bondi issued an objection to Nevada authorities about the prospect of Simpson serving his parole in the Sunshine State.

“Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson’s background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable,” Bondi wrote. “The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option … Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”

Simpson’s pensions from the Screen Actors Guild, the NFL and social security – “retirement incomes” that are protected by federal law – should keep him afloat financially. Florida would also provide Simpson with certain protections – like home ownership and other assets.

As of Friday, Florida corrections officials had not received a parole transfer request for Simpson.

Source : Rolling Stone


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