O.J. Simpson granted early release from parole, now 'a completely free man'

A Nevada parole board granted O.J. Simpson early release from his parole on Tuesday, citing good behavior.

The former Heisman Trophy winner, NFL running back and Hollywood actor "is a completely free man now,” his lawyer Malcolm LaVergne told the Associated Press.

Simpson, 74, served nine of a possible 33 years in prison after a 2008 conviction on 12 counts including felony armed robbery and kidnapping. Simpson led a group of five men that held memorabilia dealers at gunpoint at a Las Vegas hotel in 2007 in an effort to steal what Simpson claimed was his own memorabilia.

LOVELOCK, NV - JULY 20: O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017 in Lovelock, Nevada. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. (Photo by Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images)
A Nevada parole board cited good behavior in granting Simpon an early release. (Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images)

Simpson did not serve time after being acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1995. He was found liable in 1997 in a wrongful death civil lawsuit and was ordered to pay the Goldman and Brown families $33.5 million in damages. Goldman's family continues to fight in court to collect.

Simpson was freed from prison in 2017 and has remained on parole since. He was scheduled to remain on parole until February, but the Nevada Board of Parole granted him roughly three months of good behavior credits, according to Nevada State Police spokeswoman Kim Yoko Smith. Simpson did not speak with media Tuesday.