O.J. Simpson is a free man at the age of 70, though he will be monitored by parole officers for the next three years after his release from Nevada prison on Thursday morning. Though released in October 2017 as part of an agreement with prosecutors, O.J.’s case was appealed to state and federal courts who found that under existing law there wasn’t enough evidence to send him back behind bars again or keep him incarcerated without trial.”
O.J. Simpson, who was released from prison in Nevada on parole last week, is a “completely free man” as the state’s parole system ends.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — O.J. Simpson is no longer imprisoned.
According to Nevada State Police spokeswoman Kim Yoko Smith, the former football player and actor, acquitted California murder defendant, and convicted Las Vegas armed robber was granted good behavior credits and discharged from parole effective Dec. 1, a day after a hearing before the Nevada Board of Parole.
“Mr. Simpson is a fully free man today,” Simpson’s lawyer in Las Vegas, Malcolm LaVergne, said.
Simpson, 74, denied an immediate interview, according to his lawyer, and LaVergne refused to discuss Simpson’s future intentions, including if he planned to stay in Nevada.
Before his release from jail on Oct. 1, 2017, he informed parole authorities that he intended to relocate to Florida.
Instead, he relocated to a gated neighborhood in Las Vegas, where he plays golf and often tweets about college and professional sports, particularly football.
In a June 2019 interview with The Associated Press, he said, “Life is good.”
According to one of Simpson’s Las Vegas trial attorneys, his odyssey has made him “one of the most famous individuals on the globe.”
He grew up in San Francisco’s public housing and went on to the University of Southern California, where he earned the Heisman Trophy for finest college football player in 1968. With the Buffalo Bills in 1973, he became the first rushing back to accumulate 2,000 yards in a season and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. He worked as a movie actor, a rent-a-car salesman, and a football pundit.
In 1995, he was acquitted of the double slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman in what became known as “The Trial of the Century.”
Simpson was defended by a legal “Dream Team” that featured the late Johnnie Cochran Jr. and F. Lee Bailey, and the trial was the subject of gavel-to-gavel television coverage.
In a separate case, Simpson was found guilty by a jury in Las Vegas in October 2008 and sentenced to nine years in prison for leading five men, two of whom were armed, in a September 2007 fight with two sports collectibles dealers at a casino hotel.
Following his acquittal in the double murders, Simpson claimed he just wanted to collect personal mementos and objects taken from him.
In 1997, a California civil court jury held him accountable for the murders and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ families.
Simpson was sentenced to nine years in prison in Nevada for armed robbery.
His parole was set to expire on Sept. 29, 2022. That deadline had been pushed forward to Feb. 9 for good conduct by previous summer. After a Nov. 30 hearing, the majority of the Nevada Board of Parole approved him early parole for good conduct, reducing his sentence by nearly three months.
In 2019, while on parole, Simpson sued a Las Vegas Strip hotel that had expelled him two years before. He claimed that nameless workers defamed him by saying he was inebriated, rude, and rowdy on a celebrity news website.
Simpson’s image had already been harmed by his criminal and civil prosecutions, as well as his conviction and incarceration in Nevada, according to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The two parties negotiated an out-of-court settlement on March 31 that neither party revealed.
Simpson will also oppose court orders that he owes at least $60 million in judgments related to the 1994 deaths, according to LaVergne.
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