O.J. Simp­son to be re­leased from prison

The Jakarta Post - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Dis­graced Amer­i­can foot­ball star O.J. Simp­son, whose racially charged 1995 mur­der trial riv­eted the na­tion, is ex­pected to be re­leased from prison as early as Mon­day af­ter nine years be­hind bars for armed rob­bery.

Simp­son, 70, plans to re­lo­cate to Florida fol­low­ing his re­lease from the Love­lock Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter, the medium-se­cu­rity prison in Ne­vada where he has been serv­ing his sen­tence, said his lawyer, Mal­colm LaVergne.

“He is get­ting very, very ex­cited,” LaVergne told KTNV-TV in Las Ve­gas. “He’s feel­ing very up­beat.”

Simp­son was granted pa­role at a hear­ing in July and his ear­li­est re­lease date was set for Oct. 1. Since that falls on a Sun­day, Simp­son is ex­pected to be freed no ear­lier than Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to his lawyer and me­dia re­ports.

Simp­son was found not guilty in 1995 of the grisly mur­ders of his ex-wife, Ni­cole Brown Simp­son, and a male com­pan­ion, Ron Gold­man, in a case that trans­fixed the coun­try and be­came known as the “Trial of the Cen­tury.”

But the former Na­tional Foot­ball League run­ning back and ac­tor was sent to prison in 2008 for his role in an armed rob­bery the pre­vi­ous year of two sports mem­o­ra­bilia deal­ers at a Las Ve­gas re­sort.

Simp­son claimed at his trial that he was just seek­ing to re­cover per­sonal items from the deal­ers and he re­peated that ex­pla­na­tion at his pa­role board hear­ing in July, where the four-mem­ber panel voted unan­i­mously for his re­lease. — AFP

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