OJ Simpson released on parole from Nevada prison after nine years inside

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Even though we covered this over the summer, I totally forgot about it. Back in July, OJ Simpson got a parole hearing after serving nine years of a 33 year prison sentence. Back in 2008, OJ was found guilty of 10 different felony charges ranging from felony burglary, first degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, all stemming from a violent incident in Las Vegas in 2007. At the parole hearing this year, OJ spoke on his own behalf, trying to claim that he was and is a changed person, that he deserves to be let loose. The parole board agreed, and said that OJ could be released on October 1st or anytime afterwards. So on October 1st (Sunday) in the wee hours of the morning, the Juice was let loose.

Moments after he became eligible for parole, O.J. Simpson was released from a Nevada prison early Sunday morning after serving nine years for a 2007 robbery and kidnapping incident in Las Vegas. The Hall of Fame football player left Lovelock Correctional Center with an unidentified driver at 12:08 a.m., Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections told The Los Angeles Times, saying simply: “He is out.”

The destination for Simpson, now 70, is as much a mystery as his future. “I do not know where he’s going. I didn’t want to know, to be honest,” Keast said. Will he live in California, where he was acquitted of double murder in the so-called trial of the century in 1995, or will he go to Florida, where he was living before his arrest? And how will he be received after being the subject of a popular miniseries and documentary on his murder trial?

Simpson departed the northwest Nevada prison wearing denim and white sneakers.

“It was incident free, nobody followed, it was exactly what we’d hoped we could do for public safety,” Keast told reporters. “It was a public safety concern. To make it quiet, under the radar and incident free.”

Simpson has four adult children, two of whom live in Florida, and LaVergne told the Associated Press that “there’s no doubt he’s going to Florida.” Tom Scotto, a friend and golfing buddy, has offered his home in Naples to Simpson. However, that state’s attorney general informed the Florida Department of Corrections on Friday that he is not welcome there.

“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,” Pam Bondi wrote in the letter (via Associated Press). “Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”

[From WaPo]

I honestly believed that it was the law in most states that if you are given parole, you have to stay in that state for the length of your parole. I mean, I’m sure you can get some kind of waiver if you have a good enough lawyer, but the whole point of parole is that you’re out, but you’re still on a leash. You still have to check in with a parole officer, you still have to take drug tests, etc. You can’t just get on a plane and go live in Florida, not when you’re arguably the most famous parolee in the country. But whatever. It’s my sincere hope that at the age of 70, OJ is no longer a nuisance to himself, his loved ones or the people around him. A leopard doesn’t change his spots, but I really do hope he’s too old and too tired to do any further damage to the world. God knows though. It’s always possible he’ll f–k up again and his parole will be revoked.

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  1. Nicole says:

    Please he can’t help himself because ego and narcissism. A killer is back on the loose. Hooray /s

  2. mima says:

    what a piece of crap. It should be in jail, not in human society.

  3. Alix says:

    Now he can continue his search for Nicole’ real killer! So far he’s looked on most of the nation’s golf courses…

  4. jferber says:

    Despicable. Another evil thing has been loosed upon this earth.

  5. Eliza says:

    How on earth do you get out of a 33 year sentence after only 9 years? Wasnt the sentencing to fit the crime committed? Should it be reduced by 24 years (nearly 3/4s) because he talked about changing? I dont get the legal system at all.

  6. K says:

    Who cares! This is a none story. He served his time for the THE ONE AND ONLY CRIME HE WAS CONVICTED OF. I honestly can’t with this, I mean where is the non stop harrassment and outrage that Tamir Rice’s murderer is walking free, how about Trayvon Martin’s?

    Oj was found not quilty of Murder, whether you agree with that verdict or not he gets to live his life and as for the other crime he served his time and earned parole. Now let’s ignore him!

    So done with the OJ stuff. Btw I have no opinion on the verdict of the 95 case I see how they got to reasonable doubt I also see how people can say that’s crazy. I just honest to God don’t care anymore and am sick of hearing about it. If he killed them (probably did) and got off because he was famous well not the first or last time the justice system failed but the none stop obsesssion is pathetic and so disengenuious. Especially when as recently as 5 years ago child murders walked free.

    And ask Brock Turner’s victim how she feels about the justice system.

    • Lexirei says:

      I just want to say thank you a million times for your comment. This is how I feel exactly too.

    • Patty says:

      Thank you! So over this obsession with OJ, as if he is the only person to ever have bee not guilty of a crime they likely committed.

      I see this is another example of how easy white people have it though. Ask any person of color and they can probably name a dozen or so egregious examples of justice being denied. White people though? Just OJ. It’s been almost a quarter of a century and it’s still their go to.

    • dappadaph says:

      Thank you K….so true….he had his trial by the justice system that is “for them by them” and he was found not guilty. It was and is a judicial system that has been letting white men and cops who have killed black people with no retribution whatsoever And now he has served his time for a crime for which he was found guilty under the same system. Let him go…this obsession with OJ by white america isn’t healthy for them.

  7. Juls says:

    In order to be released, a release plan has to be approved first: where will the person live? With whom? How will they support themselves? Etc. A release plan can be submitted to another state at the parolees request, especially if they have family in that state or lived there prior. However, that state can deny the release plan, and there are a multitude of reasons that state can say “hell no” and it’s not hard to find a reason if you dig hard enough. Also, you must report to your parole officer immediately after release, usually within 24 to 72 hours. Every state has a list of parole conditions that must be followed and parole can be revoked for violating any of them.

    • Cine says:

      The state cannot say “hell no” if he meets the requirements. THE AG has zero say in it. 1). Reside in the state; 2). Have family in the state. 3). Support yourself financially. OJ meets all 3. He’s going to Florida whenever he decides to. I could care less one way or the other – but I understand why the interstate compact works as it does.