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O.J. Simpson Released From Prison

O.J. Simpson Released From Prison
From Rolling Stone - October 1, 2017

O.J. Simpson was released from a Nevada correctional facility early Sunday morning after serving a nine-year prison sentence.

The former football star, who was sentenced to 33 years at the Lovelock Correctional Center after being convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery charges in 2008, was granted parole in July.

"I told him, 'do not 'come back,' and he responded, 'I do not intend to, '" Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswomanBrooke Keast told CNN. "He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life."

Keast added that Simpson packed up four boxes of prison possessions, signed some paperwork and met with his new parole officer before an unidentified friend picked up Simpson just after midnight.

The Nevada parole board ruled that Simpson could leave prison as early as October 1st; however, due to the anticipated media frenzy surrounding his release, Simpson's official release date was not formally announced by prison officials.

"Our biggest concern was our safety and the public's safety and not wanting anybody, paparazzi, to follow him," Keast said. "He left through a big blue door through the front gatehouse and exited quietly. He looked down because he did not want to be photographed."

"October 1st falls on a Sunday and except for essential workers, I think its going to be highly unlikely that the Nevada Department of Corrections is going to have any type of resources to be able to transport Mr. Simpson anywhere," Simpson's lawyer Malcolm LaVergne previouslytold ABC News. "Mr. Simpson's making arrangements. He has to go through the Nevada Department of Corrections, the Nevada Department of Parole and Probation and at some point very soon he will eventually have his release plans and he will be able to get out."

Despite the staffing concerns, Simpson still left prison minutes into October 1st.

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