TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Golf Course in Panama City was one of OJ Simpson's first stops after his October 1995 acquittal in his wife's murder.
Sentenced to 33 years on 12 charges after committing armed robbery in Las Vegas, he has been paroled after just nine years. His release plan says his next destination will be here in the Sunshine State.
Florida is in a group of 30 states which regularly transfer prison inmates and parolees between their borders. But parole expert Reggie Garcia says with such a high-profile figure, things could get tricky.
“Of course anything that involves Mr. Simpson is less than routine," added Garcia.
The Florida Department of Corrections will look favorably on the fact that he has family in the state and is a former resident. But there are other factors at play.
“Does this parole have a good chance at succeeding and being successfully supervised?” Garcia asks.
OJ has a long rap sheet in Florida. While boating, he was ticketed for speeding through a manatee zone, he was accused but acquitted of road rage and had his home raided in connection with an ecstasy smuggling ring although no evidence was found.
The DOC released a statement saying, “If Nevada’s request meets all criteria, Florida must accept the transfer. He will be assigned a Florida probation officer and will be supervised in accordance with the conditions of his parole.”
Florida's US Representative Al Lawson says, although OJ is a polarizing figure, all inmates who have served their time should be given the opportunity to try to reintegrate into society.
“Maybe they can become productive and do something productive with kids," Representative Lawson said.
Simpson is set to be released on parole in October. If Simpson is approved for a transfer by Nevada, Florida will have 45 days to decide whether to accept him.