The Juice is loose! In the early hours of Sunday, Oct. 1, O.J. Simpson was released from prison. The disgraced former NFL star was freed from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Las Vegas after serving nine years in jail, and the Nevada Department of Corrections shared a video that captured the very moment that the controversial figure walked through the doors, enjoying his first seconds of freedom.
"The Nevada Department of Corrections, in an effort to ensure public safety and reduce the potential for incident, released Orenthal James Simpson #1027820, on October 1, 2017, at 12:08 a.m. from Lovelock Correctional Center," a statement read on the Nevada DOC's official Facebook page.
For his release, O.J. wore jeans, a jean jacket, white sneakers, a hat, and black-rimmed glasses. According to Brooke Keast, the Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman said he seemed to be in good spirits. “I told him, ‘don’t come back,’ and he responded, ‘I don’t intend to,’ ” she told CNN. “He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life.”
O.J., 70, was sentenced to 33 years in prison for a 2007 kidnapping and armed robbery in Las Vegas. He was ordered to serve a minimum of nine years before he was eligible for parole. O.J. appeared before the Nevada Board of Parole on July 20, where he was granted early release on parole.
“I do have four kids — I missed a lot of time with those kids. I think I’ve been a guy that’s always been a giving guy," he during the trial, according to CBS. "I’ve done my time as well and as respectfully as I can.”
The 2007 incident wasn't O.J.'s first run-in with the law. He was also accused of the 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, but he was later infamously acquitted.