OJ Simpson released on parole

OJ Simpson.
OJ Simpson. Photo credit: Getty

Former American footballer and actor OJ Simpson has been released on parole in Nevada, after serving nine years for armed robbery.

He faces another five years of supervision due to the 2007 crime, when he stole sports memorabilia from two men in a Las Vegas hotel room.

He was found guilty in 2008 of 12 criminal counts, including assault, burglary, coercion, kidnapping and robbery, all with use of a deadly weapon.

During his parole hearing, 70-year-old Simpson said he took full responsibility for the robbery and said he should have had "better judgement".

He said he had realised during his nine years incarcerated that he was "a good guy on the street, but I could have been a better Christian."

Simpson had told the parole board he wanted to live in Florida after being released on parole, however the Florida Department of Corrections had not received a transfer request or the required documents.

He was released on parole on Sunday (local time), a Nevada state prisons spokesperson confirmed to media, nine years into the possible 33-year sentence.

Simpson is one of America's most notorious criminals, after he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995.