O.J. Simpson has been set free after serving nearly nine years for robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007. The 70-year-old former NFL star was granted parole at a hearing in July.
The Department of Corrections released a short video of Simpson leaving the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada:
Once a popular NFL star, commentator and actor, nicknamed “The Juice,” Simpson’s life took a notorious turn when he was charged and then acquitted in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. Two years after the 1995 trial, dubbed “The Trial of the Century,” Simpson was found liable for the wrongful deaths of the victims in a civil trial.
Simpson was back in criminal court in 2008 when he was convicted of 12 counts of armed robbery and kidnapping, along with his friend Clarence Stewart. The two men were found guilty of robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007. Simpson, who was immediately taken into custody, told police that he had just been trying to reclaim his possessions. In December 2008, Simpson and Stewart were sentenced to up to 33 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after nine years.
Simpson made his case to be set free in July, appearing in front of the Nevada Board of Parole in Carson City via video conference from the Lovelock Correctional Center. At the hearing, which was live-streamed and broadcast on television, Simpson answered questions from the four-person parole board about his crime. “I’ve done my time,” he said. “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as anybody can . . .I’ve not complained for nine years, all I’ve done is try to be helpful.”
The parole board granted Simpson's parole and he was released from the Lovelock Correctional Institute in Nevada at 12:08 am on October 1st, an early morning release to avoid the media frenzy which surrounds Simpson. His attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, told ABC News that following his release Simpson wants to go to Florida to "see his family and hug his family on the outside of prison."
"He wants to eat seafood, he wants to eat steak," LaVergne told ABC News. "He wants to enjoy the very simple pleasures that he hasn't enjoyed in nine years."