OJ Simpson just got released from jail after serving nine years behind bars

OJ Simpson just got released from jail after serving nine years behind bars

In the 1970s, OJ 'The Juice' Simpson was best known for his successful career in the NFL. After that, he was recognised for his acting roles and TV appearances. Now, though, he is probably best known as the man who got away with murder.

In 1994, Simpson was charged with several criminal offences surrounding the killing of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a friend of hers, Ron Goldman. After a lengthy and heavily-publicised trial, however, the NFL star was acquitted the following year - much to the shock and dismay of people around the world.

Less than two years later, in 1997, Simpson was found liable for the wrongful death of Ron Goldman and battery against Nicole Brown. Despite the unanimous decision that OJ was responsible for the murders, he once again escaped prison, and instead was ordered to pay $33,500,000 in damages to the families.

It wasn't until 2007 that criminal justice system caught up with The Juice, and he was arrested for his role in an armed robbery. Though he may have avoided serving any time for his crimes in the 1990s, OJ wasn't so lucky on this occasion. In 2008, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after nine years.

Well, those nine years have passed - and OJ is out.

In a post on Facebook, the Nevada Department of Corrections (where Simpson was being held) released a video this morning showing the 70-year-old ex-football player shuffling out of the building.

The Juice's parole was granted, in part, due to the testimony of Bruce Fromong, who was a victim in the armed robbery that took place at the Palace Station hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Three other men were convicted alongside Simpson at the time, however they received reduced sentences after accepting plea bargains that incriminated the football star.

Simpson's lawyer, Malcolm Lavergne, spoke to press on Wednesday and said that he was feeling "very upbeat" ahead of his client's release. OJ himself has yet to make a public statement, but had previously expressed desires to move to Florida as soon as he was free.

According to a poll conducted last year, the majority of Americans believe Simpson was guilty of the murders in 1995, with 83% of white Americans and 57% of black Americans thinking he is responsible. Despite being 22 years old now, the case is still very much in the public eye, and has been the subject of countless TV shows and documentaries.

The money he was due to give to the victims' families has still not been paid, either, as it was set to come out of earnings that OJ made after the decision was made - but Simpson has not had a job since then.

Though he is free to return to life on the outside, Simpson will still have to comply with his bail terms. This includes up to five years of supervision. To many, it may seem a small price to pay for his role in an armed robbery - and an even smaller one for murder.