O.J. Simpson is a free man after being released from a Nevada prison early Sunday morning after serving nine years for armed robbery and kidnapping.
Nevada state prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast told CBS News that Simpson was released at 12:08 a.m. PDT from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada, and that the early-morning release was done to avoid media attention.
“We needed to do this to ensure public safety and to avoid any possible incident,” she told CBS News, adding she did not know where he would go.
Simpson, the former football star and celebrity, was famously acquitted in 1995 of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman, in what became known as the Trial of the Century. He had been sentenced to up to 33 years for his armed robbery conviction, but was granted parole in July due to good behavior. He faces parole supervision for another five years.