O.J. Simpson Could Be Released From Prison by Sunday
O.J. Simpson will be released from prison only when "we can do everything safely for the inmate and the public," a prison spokeswoman tells PEOPLE
After nine years, the incarceration of O.J. Simpson will come to an end in the next several days, a Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman confirms to PEOPLE.
The former former NFL star and double-murder suspect, 70, will be released either Sunday or Monday, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast tells PEOPLE.
Simpson’s prison term expires when the clock strikes midnight on Sunday — when September turns into October. However, because the prison system maintains minimal staffing on weekends, Simpson may not make it out on Oct. 1. It is possible he’ll be set free on Monday, Oct. 2.
“We could hold him here for weeks if we had to,” Keast says. “We don’t want to, but it’s a public safety thing.”
Keast says the Department of Corrections is expecting intense media coverage and is doing everything it can to avert a paparazzi feeding frenzy.
“If we have too many media out there that will be chasing after someone’s car, we can’t do it,” she says. “We told them all not to come, because he has already said he will not talk and frankly, we have ways of releasing him so you will not even see him. We can’t have something happen that we could have prevented.”
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Keast says she has spent the week fielding media requests from tabloid media all across the globe. “I’m getting a lot of calls from Germany,” she notes.
Simpson will be entering a vastly different world than the one he left, learning about now-widespread technologies: When he entered prison on Oct. 1, 2008, for instance, the first iPhone was still considered a sales dud.
The victims were led to believe a prospective buyer was coming to their casino hotel room to browse their goods, many of them connected with the legendary Heisman trophy winner.
Instead, authorities said, Simpson and his associates, two of whom were armed, rushed into the room, stuffed the memorabilia into pillowcases and fled — though, as Simpson said at his parole hearing two months ago, some of the memorabilia at the hotel rightfully belonged to him.
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In a statement issued to PEOPLE, Goldman’s sister, Kim, and his father, Ron, explain that “while we respect the Nevada Parole Board’s decision to release Simpson, it’s still difficult for us knowing he will be a free man again.”
The statement adds: “We will continue pursuing the now $60 million judgment awarded to our family after the jury found that Simpson willfully and wrongfully caused the deaths of Ron and Nicole, as well as remain dedicated in our commitment to domestic violence awareness, victim advocacy and judicial reform. We appreciate the ongoing support and well wishes from people all around the world and on behalf of our family, we thank you.”
Ron and Kim Goldman also appeared on Megyn Kelly Today on Friday, and expressed their disgust over Simpson’s eventual release.
Kim also revealed she once wrote to O.J. in prison, sending him a note in a card that read, “Congratulations on your new home.”
“It was important for me to shrink him in size because he has taken up so much space in my head and in my life,” Kim said. “I needed to see him behind bars.”
Though he will be paroled, Simpson, 70, will be subject to supervision by the state. He faces several possible restrictions on his behavior, including on drinking alcohol, owning weapons and with whom he can associate.
His parole will expire when his prison term was set to end: Sept. 29, 2022. He said he would like to live in Florida after prison, but will likely remain in Las Vegas until the necessary paperwork to permit a permanent move to the Sunshine State has been completed.
Simpson has been held in isolation since he was granted parole, Keast confirms.
• With reporting by KC BAKER