O.J. Simpson Walks Out Of Nevada Prison After Serving 9 Years Behind Bars
He was previously convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery.
O.J. Simpson walked out of a Nevada prison early Sunday after nine years behind bars.
The former NFL player was serving time for a kidnapping and armed robbery in Las Vegas after robbing two memorabilia dealers at a local hotel in 2007. The former Buffalo Bills player said the memorabilia and other personal items belonged to him.
Simpson, 70, was released shortly after midnight, and was picked up by an unidentified friend outside of Lovelock Correctional Center, according to Department of Corrections officials.
Simpson was granted parole at a hearing in July. The earliest date he was eligible for release was Oct. 1.
"All I want is my property... I wasn't there to steal from anybody,” Simpson said at his parole hearing.
Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections, said she left Simpson with a few words.
"I told him, 'Don't come back,' and he responded, 'I don't intend to,'" Keast told CNN. "He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life."
In a video shared by the Nevada Department of Corrections, Simpson can be seen quickly exiting the prison, dressed in all denim, a baseball cap and white sneakers. The Department of Corrections also shared a photo of the Simpson signing his release papers before his exit.
The state said they released him in the middle of the night to avoid a media frenzy.
“It did not make sense to have a spectacle or a paparazzi situation,” Keast said. “We needed to do it quietly and as under the radar as we could.”
Simpson's attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, told ABC News on Friday that upon his release, Simpson wanted to go to Florida, where he can "see his family and hug his family on the outside of prison."
"He wants to eat seafood, he wants to eat steak," LaVergne told the station. "He wants to enjoy the very simple pleasures that he hasn't enjoyed in nine years."
More than two decades ago, Simpson went on trial, which was televised to the nation, for the 1994 killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. In 1995, he was acquitted of all charges.
Simpson, however, was later found liable for the killings in a 1997 civil trial. He continues to maintain his innocence.
"While we respect the Nevada Parole Board's decision to release Simpson, it's still difficult for us knowing he will be a free man again," the family of Ron Goldman said in a statement.
"We will continue pursuing the now $60 million judgment awarded to our family after the [civil trial] jury found that Simpson willfully and wrongfully caused the deaths of Ron and Nicole, as well as remain dedicated in our commitment to domestic violence awareness, victim advocacy and judicial reform," they added.
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