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O.J. Simpson Is Freed on Parole in Nevada After 9 Years

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O.J. Simpson was released from a Nevada prison on Sunday after serving more than eight years for armed robbery. Credit Pool photo by Jason Bean

O.J. Simpson was released on parole in Nevada on Sunday, after serving nine years in a state prison on charges stemming from an armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007.

Mr. Simpson, 70, was released at 12:08 a.m. local time from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada, a state prisons spokeswoman, Brooke Keast, told The Associated Press. Ms. Keast said she did not know who met Mr. Simpson upon his release and did not know where he was immediately headed in his first hours of freedom.

“I don’t have any information on where he’s going,” she said.

As of Friday afternoon, neither Florida nor California had received the requisite paperwork for Mr. Simpson to return to those states. According to Mr. Simpson’s lawyer, Malcolm P. LaVergne Nevada needs to make a request to the receiving state, which has 45 days to reply.

Once a revered football hero and actor, Mr. Simpson became a polarizing figure in a continuing national debate over race and criminal justice when he was acquitted in 1995 of the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

The acquittal outraged many white Americans, while many African-Americans saw the verdict as a kind of payback for decades of racial discrimination by judges, juries and law enforcement officials. A civil jury later found Mr. Simpson liable for the deaths.

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