Where Is O.J. Simpson Today? Checking In With America's Fallen Football Star In 2017


O.J. Simpson has been granted parole, which means he'll be out of jail as soon as October. 

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The first part of ESPN 30 for 30's five-part documentary series "O.J.: Made in America" airs on Saturday night at 9:00 pm ET on ABC. Let's take a look back at the former NFL star's criminal history and where O.J. Simpson is now. We'll pick up with the famous Bronco Chase and then work our way down to the present day.  

Bronco Chase
For the unfamiliar, Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found murdered on June 12th, 1994. Simpson was the prime suspect and was charged. On June 17th, the day he was supposed to turn himself in, Simpson went missing. That led to the famous low-speed police chase, as Simpsons' friend Al Cowlings "fled" police. You can watch a portion of the chase that captivated the nation below. Simpson eventually turned himself into police.  

Not Guility
On October 3rd, 1995 the jury in the Simpson murder trial reached a verdict: Not Guilty. Nearly 100 million people watched the verdict, and many were surprised by the decision. Following the not guilty verdict, the murders of Brown-Simpson and Goldman remain unsolved. 

Civil Trial
The Goldman family sued Simpson over the death of their son. On February 5th, 1997, the civil jury unanimously found Simpson liable for the wrongful death of Goldman. Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages. Of course, Simpson didn't have that amount of money. In February 1999, auctions of Simpson's Heisman Trophy and belongings netted roughly half a million. 

Following a report Simpson was still making money off autographs, he moved from California to Florida, one of the few states that usually don't allow a person's residence to be seized for debt. The Goldman family tried to get Simpson's $28,000 yearly NFL pension, but were unsuccessful. 

Battery Arrest
In February 2001, Simpson was arrested in Florida for simple battery. The arrest stemmed from when Simpson pulled the glasses off a motorist a few months earlier during a traffic dispute. Simpson faced up to 16 years in jail, but was acquitted on all charges in October 2001. 

Drug Probe
The FBI received a tip that Simpson was involved in money laundering and a drug traffic ring after other suspects had been arrested. After a two-hour search, the FBI found no drugs and no charges were filled. But, the feds did find equipement that could allow Simpson to steal satellite TV programming, which led to Simpson being sued in federal court. In 2004, DirecTV won a $25,000 judgement in that case and Simpson was forced toover $33,000 in legal fees. 

"If I Did It"
In November 2006, it was announced that Simpson would write a book titled "If I Did It," detailing how Simpson would have committed the murders had he actually done them. Simpson's former manager said that the book was actually written by a ghost writer without Simpson's involvement. But the publisher offered Simpson $600,000 to say he wrote it and conduct an interview. Simpson accepted. 

Not long after, the Goldman family tried to get the rights to the book. In 2007, the Goldman family was awarded the rights to the book and published it under the the title "If I Did It: Confessions Of The Killer." The "It" was printed incredibly small and the book featured addition material from the Goldman family, who was listed as the author, the first ghostwriter Pablo Fenjves and an investigative journalist. 

Las Vegas Robbery
On September 13th, 2007, a group of armed men broke into the hotel room of sports memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong and stole some memorabilia. Three days later, Simpson was charged with robbery and held without bail. Simpson later admitted he took the memorabilia, because they had been stolen from him in the first place. However, he denied breaking into the room or that anyone involved had weapons. 

Simpson eventually stood trial for 12 charges, with armed robbery and kidnapping among them. On October 3rd, 2008, Simpson was found guilty of all 12 charges. His motions for a new trial were denied and he was sentenced to jail for 9 to 33 years. 

Simpson remains in at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. He won't be eligible for parole until 2017, when he is 70 years old. 

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