LAS VEGAS — Former soccer legend O.J. Simpson turned a free man Sunday after serving 9 years for a botched lodge room heist that introduced the conviction and jail time he prevented after his 1995 acquittal within the killings of his ex-spouse and her good friend.
Simpson was launched at 12:08 a.m. PDT from Lovelock Correctional Middle in northern Nevada, state prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast informed The Related Press. She stated she didn’t know instantly the place Simpson was headed in his first hours of freedom, including an unidentified driver met him and took him to an undisclosed location.
“I don’t have any info on the place he’s going,” stated Keast, who watched Simpson in blue denims, denim jacket and ball cap signing paperwork earlier than his launch. Her division launched a quick video on social media of Simpson being informed to “come on out” by a jail staffer. He responded “OK,” walked by way of an open door, and the video then reduce to a nighttime road — apparently the jail exterior.
Tom Scotto, a Simpson good friend who lives in Naples, Florida, stated by textual content message that he was with Simpson after his launch. Scotto didn’t reply to questions on the place they have been going or whether or not Simpson’s sister, Shirley Baker of Sacramento, California, or his daughter, Arnelle Simpson of Fresno, California, have been with him.
The three had attended Simpson’s parole listening to in July on the similar jail the place Simpson spent his jail time period and was launched simply minutes into the primary day a parole board set for his attainable launch.
Simpson has stated he needed to maneuver again to Florida, the place he lived earlier than his armed theft conviction in Las Vegas in a September 2007 confrontation with two sports activities memorabilia sellers. However Florida jail officers stated paperwork weren’t filed, and the state lawyer common says she doesn’t need Simpson to reside within the state.
Neither Simpson’s lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne in Las Vegas, nor state Parole and Probation Capt. Shawn Arruti, who has been dealing with Simpson’s case, instantly responded to messages.
Keast stated the lifeless-of-night time launch from the jail about ninety miles (one hundred forty five kilometers) east of Reno, Nevada, was carried out to keep away from media consideration.
“We would have liked to do that to make sure public security and to keep away from any attainable incident,” Keast added, talking by phone from Lovelock.
The 70-yr-previous Simpson features his freedom after being granted parole at a listening to in July….