On Thursday, OJ Simpson was granted parole after serving 9 years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery.
According to a spokesperson for the Nevada Board of Police Commissioners, Simpson could be free as early as October 1, and plans on relocating to Florida.
Speaking to the panel of four parole officers on Thursday, Simpson said he would likely go to Florida after his release, which is where he lived before his arrest and conviction. “I could stay in Nevada but I don’t think you guys want me here,” he told the board, jokingly. Simpson’s friend, Tom Scotto, shared with the Washington Post that Simpson would potentially live in Naples with him.
In a statement to USA Today, Michelle Glady, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Corrections, said, “We are aware of his potential relocation to Florida… Pursuant to the Interstate Commission on Adult Offender Supervision, if Nevada’s request meets all criteria, Florida must accept the transfer.” She later continued, “He will be assigned a Florida probation officer and will be supervised in accordance with the conditions of his parole.”
After OJ gave his testimony on Thursday, his daughter spoke on his behalf, sharing, “As a family we recognize he’s not the perfect man, but as a man and a father, he has done his best.” She also described her father as her “best friend and my rock.”
Two of Simpson’s children currently live in St. Petersburg. The former football star moved to Florida in 1999, and in 2000, he bought a $575,000 four-bedroom home in Kendall. According to the Miami Herald, OJ lost that home in 2013, and its owner, Southern Farms International, has put it on the market with an asking price of $1.3 million.