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O.J. Simpson released from prison

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Former football legend O.J. Simpson became a free man again Sunday after serving nine years for a botched hotel-room heist in Las Vegas that brought the conviction and prison time he avoided in the killings of his wife and her friend after his 1995 acquittal.
  
Nevada state prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast told The Associated Press that Simpson was released at 12:08 a.m. PDT from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada. She says she didn't know who met Simpson and didn't have any information on where Simpson was headed.
  
"I don't have any information on where he's going," Keast told AP by phone.
  
Keast says the dead-of-night release from the prison about 90 miles east of Reno, Nevada, was conducted to avoid media attention.  "We needed to do this to ensure public safety and to avoid any possible incident," Keast said by phone.

O.J. Simpson's friend from Naples, Florida, Tom Scotto, says he was with the former football great after he was freed from a remote Nevada prison.
  
Scotto said in brief text messages early Sunday to The Associated Press that he was there but couldn't talk.
  
Scotto didn't say where they were going or whether Simpson's sister, Shirley Baker of Sacramento, California, or his daughter, Arnelle Simpson of Fresno, California, were with him.
  
The three attended Simpson's parole hearing in July at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.
  
Simpson's living arrangements outside prison have not been made public.
  
He has said he wanted to move back to Florida, where he lived before his armed robbery conviction in Las Vegas in a September 2007 confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers.

He was charged for that crime 12 years after he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles.
  
But Florida prison officials said documents weren't filed, and the state attorney general said she doesn't want Simpson to live in the state.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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