Old emotions are starting to boil as many Americans are still enraged over what many considered an affront to justice.
NFL legend O.J. Simpson has been released from prison after serving 9 of his 33 year sentence for a botched armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room, according to Newsmax.
Simpson was being held at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. He was released early this morning, just after midnight. Nevada prison spokeswoman Brooke Keast told reporters that she does not know where Simpson is headed, or who came to pick him up.
“I don’t have any information on where he’s going,” explained Keats. She was with Simpson for his last moments in Lovelock Correctional Center.
A parole board from the same prison where Simpson was being held granted his request for parole. When Simpson was convicted, he was sentenced to 9 years no parole on a 33 year sentence. The parole board granted Simpson’s request within minutes into the first day he was eligible to apply for release.
Tom Scoto, Simpson’s close friend; Shirley Baker, Simpson’s sister; and Arnelle Simpson, Simpson’s daughter, all attended the parole hearing in July. Scoto has confirmed by text message that he has met with O.J. Simpson since release. It is unclear whether Simpson is with his sister and daughter.
Nevada prison spokesmen Keats explained that Simpson’s late-night release was intend to avoid media attention. “We needed to do this to ensure public safety and to avoid any possible incident,” she said.
Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, said the accused murderer and convicted armed robber was planning to move to Florida after his release.
The Florida Department of Corrections says O.J. Simpson has not filed any of the documents required for him to move to Florida. Simpson was released from prison with strict restriction, and he will be under parole supervision for up to five years.
However, the Florida Attorney General says her state does not want Simpson to move there. “The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option,” explained Attorney General Pam Bondi in an official statement Friday. “Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”
The O.J. Simpson story represents a fall from grace from one of the most beloved celebrities in American culture. O.J. Simpson was an electric running back and one of the all-time great NFL players.
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Simpson remained in the spotlight after his football career. He provided commentary for Monday Night Football and starred in multiple advertising campaigns and movies.
However, Simpson’s rock star image came crashing down after he was arrested for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson, along with her friend, Ronald Goldman, in 1994. The ensuing court drama was dubbed the “trial of the century.”
Simpson was acquitted after a speedy trial, generating outrage across the country. Two years after Simpson was acquitted, he was found liable in a civil court with lower standards for the burden of proof. The former football player was ordered to pay $33.5 million to the families of his victims. Over 20 years later, Simpson is still on the hook for $65 million.