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The Juice let loose? Plan in motion for OJ Simpson release as soon as Monday

OJ Simpson could be released on parole as soon as Monday in Las Vegas under a plan being finalised by Nevada officials, a prison spokeswoman said.

The process culminating in freedom for the former American football player and actor is in motion, but must be approved and documents must be signed, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast said.

Meanwhile, the 70-year-old Simpson remains at Lovelock Correctional Centre in northern Nevada awaiting transfer to High Desert State Prison outside Las Vegas, where he would be freed, Ms Keast said.

Simpson's release is expected after nine years behind bars for his 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping convictions following a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

He was sentenced to up to 33 years, but won parole in July due to good behavior and other credits earned in custody.

A state parole board set the date Simpson becomes eligible for parole as October 1, and once released he will be supervised by the state Division of Parole and Probation until September 29 2022.

His release could come on the first business day after October 1 because state probation officials don't handle releases on weekends, said Ms Keast.

"We've been trying to keep things as normal as possible," she said.

High Desert State Prison is located in Indian Springs, about 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It is the main processing centre for inmates from southern Nevada.

A close friend of Simpson's, Tom Scotto, said OJ is scheduled to be released "shortly after" October 1, but he cast doubt on the Monday release date, saying officials were keeping plans secret.

Mr Scotto has offered to have Simpson live with him in Naples, Florida, but such a move would require an agreement between parole departments in Nevada and Florida.

Florida has not received any transfer paperwork from Nevada, said Ashley Cook, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections.

Nevada Parole and Probation Captain Shawn Arruti, who is involved in Simpson's release, declined to comment.

Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson's lawyer in Las Vegas, didn't respond to questions about a release plan.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murder charges in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

He was found liable for the killings in civil court two years later and ordered to pay the victims' families 33.5 million US dollars (£25 million).

David Cook, attorney for the Goldman family, said on Wednesday the judgement amount has nearly doubled with interest over the years to more than 65 million US dollars (£48.5 million) and said the family will continue to seek payment.

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