San Francisco,- Former American football star and actor, OJ Simpson, was released from parole in the state of Nevada on Tuesday, where he had served nine years of a jail sentence until 2017 for his part in a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas.

Simpson, 74, has been on parole since October 1, 2017. His parole term would otherwise have expired on February 9 next year, Kim Yoko Smith from the Nevada State Police’s Department of Public Safety told dpa.

The former NFL running back and several armed accomplices, broke into a Las Vegas hotel room and forced two sports memorabilia collectors to give them items that allegedly belonged to Simpson, as well as other sports mementos.

In 2008 he was sentenced to a maximum of 33 years in prison for armed robbery and assault.

Simpson made headlines during a sensational 1995 trial in which he was charged with murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend. Simpson, who is black, was eventually acquitted in the case that revealed racial bias in the US police system.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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