O.J. Simpson has been released from Nevada State Prison. Simpson, 70, had been incarcerated for nine years in charges related to his role in a 2007 armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel. Early Sunday, Simpson was released in the middle of the night with little media fanfare, unlike his previous battles with the law.
Simpson, a member of the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame, was granted parole during a July hearing where he made it clear that he wanted to move back to Florida once he was released from prison. In the short-term, Simpson will live in a gated residence with unspecified friends in Las Vegas. Eventually, he plans to relocate to Florida, as CNN reported.
That news isn’t sitting well with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who told USA Today Sports she does not want to see Simpson return to Florida upon his prison release. Bondi said the state has real reservations about Simpson’s request to be allowed to move to Florida upon his prison release, and that the state objects to granting Simpson permission to call Florida his next home.
Among the reasons for Bondi’s passionate plea for the Juice to stay away from the Sunshine State? She said the former college and pro football star’s presence in Florida could both add an extra burden to the area’s police departments, while also posing a safety risk to citizens.
"Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson's background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable," Bondi said in a three-page letter delivered to the Florida Department of Corrections.
“The specter of his residing in Florida should not be an option. Numerous law enforcement officials in Florida agree with this position. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal."
Posted by Nevada Department of Corrections on Sunday, October 1, 2017
Simpson is now a free man for the first time in a decade, when he was arrested for his role in a Las Vegas robbery that carried a minimum nine-year prison sentence, and a maximum 33-year prison sentence.
In that crime, Simpson and two accomplices held up two sports memorabilia agents, who Simpson alleged were in possession of autographed memorabilia that belonged to him.
Simpson is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Class of 1985) and the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame (Class of 1980).