OJ Simpson now ‘completely free man’ with early parole release

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OJ Simpson now 'completely free man' with early parole release

OJ Simpson has been cleared — at least as far as his parole board is concerned.

The onetime gridiron great — convicted of armed robbery after his famous 1995 acquittal for the murder of estranged wife Nicole Brown Simpson — has been granted early release from parole over the 2007 heist in Las Vegas.

“Mr. Simpson is a completely free man now,” his Nevada lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Simpson, 74, was convicted in October 2008 for leading five men, two of them armed, into a Las Vegas casino hotel a year earlier to confront two sports collectible dealers.

The former Buffalo Bills star running back had claimed he was simply trying to retrieve items from his NFL career that had been stolen. But the jury didn’t see it that way.

OJ Simpson has been granted early parole for his 2008 theft conviction.
OJ Simpson has been granted early parole for his 2008 theft conviction.
Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File

Simpson served nine years behind bars before being released on parole in 2017. He was supposed to be under parole supervision until Feb. 9 but got time trimmed off for good behavior, state police said Tuesday.

Simpson is a "completely free man now," according to his lawyer Malcolm LaVergne.
Simpson is a “completely free man now,” according to his lawyer Malcolm LaVergne.
Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool, File

His official release date was Dec. 1, police said.

Simpson has remained in a gated community in Nevada, where he’s a regular on the golf course since his release from prison.

Despite a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, Simpson is more widely known for his murder trial in the death of his estranged wife and her pal Ronald Goldman.

Simpson has been living in Nevada since he was granted parole in 2017.
Simpson has been living in Nevada since he was granted parole in 2017.
Didier J. Fabien via AP, File

The yearlong trial became a media spectacle and culminated with his acquittal — thanks to a high-profile crew of lawyers who became known as “the Dream Team.”

His lawyer said this week that Simpson would not be commenting on his parole release.

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