O.J. Simpson was released on parole early Sunday 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. 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.
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