No, he didn’t escape, let’s get that upfront:
At 12:08 a.m. O.J. Simpson became a free man. Walking out into the dark of night, an unknown person picked him up from Lovelock Correctional Center and drove him away from nine years of incarceration and towards what promises to be a closely watched reentry into society.
And I hope he is closely watched because I, like most people, believe this is a bad hombre who should have been in prison for the rest of his miserable life. The first one to make a joke out of this I am personally going to rip them a new one, by the way.
The vast majority of people agree, both black and white, that O.J. killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman. Of course, Simpson was in prison for an entirely separate incident. He was serving time for kidnapping and armed robbery related to a botched attempt to take back sports memorabilia “The Juice” claimed belonged to him.
“O.J. Simpson has been released from prison after serving nine years for armed robbery and other charges.
Simpson was released at 12:08 a.m. local time Sunday from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
The overnight release was “in an effort to ensure public safety and reduce the potential for incident,” the Nevada Department of Corrections said on its Facebook page.
A driver met Simpson as he left the prison, according to The Associated Press. But prison officials told the wire service they had no indication who it was who picked him up or where Simpson was headed.
A parole panel granted him parole by unanimous vote in July. Sunday, Oct. 1, is the first day Simpson was eligible for release.
NPR’s Ina Jaffe outlined what happened when Simpson was convicted in 2008:
“[H]e was convicted of a botched 2007 burglary in a cheap Las Vegas hotel. Along with a handful of accomplices, the former star broke into the room of a couple of sports memorabilia dealers. They had some items that Simpson believed belonged to him and that he wanted back. A couple of guys with Simpson brought guns.
Simpson was later convicted on 12 criminal counts including armed robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to nine to 33 years.”
Simpson told the parole board he had been a model prisoner during his time there.
Now 70 years old, Simpson rose to prominence as a Heisman Trophy winner in college and later NFL player, making the Hall of Fame. He became an actor, known for his goofy character in the Naked Gun movies, and appearances in commercials.
He will be under parole supervision for up to five years, and plans to live in Florida, where two of his children live, the AP reports.”
Prior to the incident that finally landed Simpson in prison, he had also been arrested in prior instances for simple battery and burglary and investigated for drug related crimes and money laundering. He was also busted for pirating DirecTv signals and had to pay the company a $25K fine plus more than that in legal fees.
There is nothing to like about this guy. He is shady and dangerous and I hope his every move is followed now that he is released. Just because he is an old man doesn’t make him any less likely to find trouble. Simpson says he wants to enjoy some steak and seafood with his kids and would like to live in Florida. Florida is not welcoming him with open arms.
(as if Florida hasn’t been through enough lately?)