After spending nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, O.J. Simpson is set to be released some time after Oct. 1, 2017. The 70-year-old former NFL star was granted parole in July and has made tentative plans to return to Florida. Simpson will be supervised by the state Division of Parole and Probation until Sept. 29, 2022. Details of his release are being kept quiet.
Will He Get Out On Monday?
Pending approval of and signatures on the necessary documents, Simpson could be set free as early as Monday from the High Desert State Prison near Las Vegas. His 33-year sentence was to be served at Lovelock Correctional Center, but Simpson was granted parole based on good behavior. Since probation officials do not process releases on the weekends, Monday will be the first business day available to complete the process.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast has plans to provide video to the public of Simpson’s release. Eager to avoid a media circus, she is otherwise treating the case like any other.
“We’ve been trying to keep things as normal as possible,” she said.
Moving To Florida?
If everything goes as planned, Simpson will likely live with good friend Tom Scotto in Naples, Florida. This arrangement would require an agreement between the Nevada and Florida parole departments. According to the Associated Press, Florida has yet to receive any transfer paperwork from Nevada, so an immediate move may be delayed. While Simpson would have no problem staying in the state, he believes that he has long since worn out his welcome.
“I could easily stay in Nevada, but I don’t think you guys want me here,” Simpson joked during his parole hearing.
Freedom Ain’t Free
While Simpson will no doubt be a happy man once he finally exits prison, he may not be spending his golden years relaxing on the golf course and visiting with family and friends. Wherever he puts down roots, O.J. Simpson will be haunted by a $33.5 million judgment. Simpson was found liable for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her good friend Ron Goldman–even though he was found innocent of committing the crimes. With interest, he now owes a whopping $65 million and the families have vowed to collect. Guess freedom ain’t free after all.