SHREVEPORT – OJ Simpson is out of jail. I guess now he will be able to catch “the real killers” of his wife Nicole.
OJ left a Nevada prison, Lovelock Correctional Center, after nine years of incarceration for conspiracy.
Now he is a parolee.
The former NFL star left prison shortly after midnight local time, and was picked up by an unidentified friend, according to Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections.
“I told him, ‘Don’t come back,’ and he responded, ‘I don’t intend to,’ ” she said. “He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life.”
It is unclear where Mr. Simpson will live: he’s not welcome in Florida where he was living at the time of his arrest and where two of his children live:
“Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson’s background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable,” Pam Bondi wrote in the letter (via Associated Press). “Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”
While Simpson was acquitted for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1994, he was found guilty in a civil court in 1996 and ordered to pay over $30 million in damages to the Goldman family; that sum, with interest, is now reportedly around $65 million:
ESPN reported that his $33.5 million judgment has climbed to $65 million after factoring in interest and court costs. According to ABC News, Goldman’s father, Fred, and sister, Kim, plan on pursuing the judgment they were awarded and continuing to raise awareness for domestic violence, victim advocacy, and judicial reform.
How Simpson plans on meeting that obligation is not clear.
Simpson will be on parole for five years.
Maybe now he can catch the real killers.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport