OJ Simpson, the professional football player turned movie star whose double homicide case gripped and divided the United States, is a free man after ending his parole, police said Tuesday.
Simpson, who is now 74, was released from Nevada prison in 2017 after serving nine years for armed robbery in a sports memorabilia case. He should have ended his parole in February.
“The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners has held an early dismissal hearing for Mr. Simpson,” said Kim Yoko Smith, the Nevada police spokesman.
“A decision to grant parole was ratified on December 6, 2021. The Council granted credits in an amount equal to the time remaining in the sentence to reduce the sentence to the time served.”
Simpson’s public life on the soap opera began as a notable decline in college football, winning the coveted Heisman Trophy for best player in the country, for a stellar career in the NFL.
It turned into lucrative success in movies and commercials.
In 1994, millions of Americans watched wall-to-wall as Simpson traveled in a white Bronco driven by a friend, a police convoy at the head of a police convoy along the highways of Southern California as he fled the suspected double murder of his ex-husband. woman and her male friend.
Simpson was famously acquitted by a Los Angeles jury in 1995 in a case that many labeled a media frenzy that came to be known as the “Trial of the Century,” featuring a cast of larger-than-life lawyers and drama about it all. then no glove found at the crime scene would fit him.
The verdict was greeted with disbelief by many Americans, and opinions about the black athlete’s guilt were sharply divided along racial lines.
The case was turned into the Emmy-winning FX television series, “The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” which aired in 2016.
Simpson was found liable for the deaths in a 1997 civil suit and ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the family of Ron Goldman, who was stabbed to death along with Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson.
Simpson maintains his innocence and has always denied trying to flee during the famous car chase, even though he ignored a police deadline to turn himself in.
During the low-speed chase, he told an LAPD detective by phone to “let them all know I wasn’t running,” but to visit Nicole’s grave.
A duffel bag containing Simpson’s passport and cash – as well as a gun – found in the car by police led many to question this, but was never presented as evidence by the prosecution.
He later wrote a book called “If I Did It”, which provided a hypothetical description of the murders.
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