(NBC) O.J. Simpson was released on parole early this morning after serving nine years in a Nevada prison for a botched sports memorabilia heist, officials announced.
The 70-year-old former NFL star and actor was freed from the Lovelock Correctional Center just after midnight local time (3:08 a.m. ET) “in an effort to ensure public safety and reduce the potential for incident,” Nevada Department of Corrections said.
A short video showing his first steps outside was also released on the department’s Facebook page.
He is expected to remain in Nevada for the immediate future; Florida and California, where he has lived in the past, did not receive requests for transfer before his release, officials said.
And Florida’s attorney general said the Sunshine State didn’t want him.
“The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a statement on Friday. “Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”
Simpson lost his home near Miami to foreclosure in 2012. But two of his children, Justin and Sydney, also live in Florida.
His longtime friend, Tom Scotto, told NBC News last week that Simpson was looking forward to playing golf, seeing old friends and spending time with family.
One thing he’s not relishing: renewed attention on allegations he killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in 1994.
“He’s tired of hearing about it. He doesn’t want to talk about it. He doesn’t want to talk about anything negative. He’s a very positive guy and he just wants to move forward,” Scotto said.