O.J. Simpson Freed from Prison — Where's He Going?
UPDATE: O.J. Simpson plans to live in the Las Vegas area for the foreseeable future, and must receive permission from a parole officer to leave Nevada, reports the AP.
Onetime football star O.J. Simpson, infamously tried and acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, walked out of prison a free man Sunday after serving nine years for kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Simpson earned parole nine years into a 33-year sentence. Simpson was able to convince a parole board to release him, claiming he had led a "conflict-free life," a comment that angered many watching the recent hearing in light of his 1995 murder trial.
ESPN reports Simpson will face tight restrictions, including not being allowed to drink to excess and being under supervision for up to five years.
Nevada Dept. of Corrections
Simpson signing documents related to his release
As for where Simpson will go, one possibility is Florida, where Simpson has family. Florida A.G. Pam Bondi said in a statement her state didn't want him: "The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal."
It is unknown where he intends to reside.
Simpson's release occurred in the wee small hours of the morning Sunday to avoid any sense of spectacle. Grainy footage was provided by the Nevada Dept. of Corrections showing Simpson, 70, leaving prison under cover of darkness. In the footage, an official urges Simpson, "Come on out," and he responds simply, "Okay," making his way to a waiting vehicle.
He was later spotted at a Nevada gas station where he spoke with paparazzi. Watch.
People magazine reports Brooke Keast, a Nevada Dept. of Corrections spokesperson, told CNN, "I told him, 'Don't come back,' and he responded, 'I don't intend to.'"
"Extra's" AJ Calloway caught up with Ron Goldman's family, including sister Kim and father Fred, in New York, where they spoke about O.J.'s release. Watch.