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OJ Simpson released after nine years in jail

By Staff Reporter

OJ Simpson, the former American football player and Hollywood star, has been released from a Nevada prison after serving nine years for armed robbery.

Unlike when he walked free after his murder trial in 1995, Simpson faces parole supervision for another five years.

Nevada state prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast said he was released early on Sunday. The 70-year-old was sent to prison in Nevada for a botched hotel room robbery of sports memorabilia 12 years after he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles.

Simpson was released at 12.08am local time from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada. Ms Keast said she did not know who met Simpson upon his release and did not know where Simpson was immediately heading in his first hours of freedom.

She said the dead-of-night release from the prison located about 90 miles east of Reno was conducted to avoid media attention. "We needed to do this to ensure public safety and to avoid any possible incident," Ms Keast added.

Simpson is looking forward to reuniting with his family, eating a steak and some seafood, and moving back to Florida, his lawyer said recently. Simpson also plans to get an iPhone and get reacquainted with technology that was in its infancy when he was sent to prison in 2008.

But Florida's attorney general Pam Bondi said: "The spectre of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option.

"Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal."

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