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.”
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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