O.J. Simpson has been released from prison. After spending nine years in the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, the former Buffalo Bills player was set free at midnight on October 1. In a Facebook statement, the prison explained that Simpson was released at such a late hour in order to "ensure public safety and reduce the potential for incident."
The correctional facility also released footage of the notorious NFL star leaving the prison. In the dark video, O.J.—wearing a baseball cap, white sneakers, and an oversized jacket—makes a hasty retreat to a waiting vehicle.
Simpson had been in prison since 2007, when he robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel. Initially, he was sentenced to 33 years behind bars. Earlier this year, however, a board unanimously agreed to grant Simpson parole.
During the closing arguments at the parole hearing in July, Simpson acted recalcitrant. Er, sort of. "I did my time and tried to be helpful to everybody," he said then. "I’m sorry it happened, sorry to Nevada. I thought I was going to have to get my stuff back … but nine years wasn’t worth it.”
Armed robbery aside, Simpson is most notoriously associated with the 1995 killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, for which he was acquitted. The saga gained public buzz again with the 2016 airing of the lauded series American Horror Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.