What Prison Is O.J. Simpson In? His Jail Is Far From Where The Trial Of The Century Took Place
O.J. Simpson may now be famous for the Trial of the Century, when he was tried and acquitted for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but the former football star has been in prison for almost a decade for something totally unrelated. So where is O.J. Simpson in prison and how did he end up there? Simpson is serving time in the Lovelock Correctional Facility in Lovelock, Nevada. Though he's currently incarcerated, Simpson has spent a lot of 2016 back in the spotlight, due to FX's miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and the upcoming five-part ESPN documentary O.J.: Made in America. However, since those focus on the 1994 trial and Simpson's life leading up to it, respectively, there's not much time spent on his current sentence.
In 2008, Simpson was sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison for 12 charges, including kidnapping and robbery, stemming from an incident in Las Vegas, as reported by CNN, which is why he's serving his sentence in Nevada rather than his previous home state of California. According to CNN, Simpson, along with an accomplice, broke into a hotel room in 2007 in order to steal sports memorabilia that Simpson claimed had actually been stolen from him.
In September 2015, Simpson's appeal for a new trial was denied, as reported by CBS News. Since his conviction, Simpson has been in Lovelock and the last time he was seen by the public was in the form of a mug shot released by the prison on June 6.
There have been a lot of unsubstantiated rumors about Simpson's life behind bars, including a self-published book from retired correctional officer Jeffrey Felix, who according to ABC News calls himself Simpson's "prison BFF." Felix claims that Simpson opened up to him about almost everything — including the murders of his ex-wife and Goldman. "O.J. told me one time that only two people alive know who committed the Brentwood murders: him and Al Cowlings," Felix claimed to ABC News. "I said, 'Juice, you just solved the Brentwood murders. You're looking at the murderer right in the mirror.' He gave me kind of a dirty look and then he kind of smiled afterwards." Simpson has always denied committing the murders.
But another friend of Simpson's, his former manager Norman Pardo, spoke to ABC News in 2014 to give some details about Simpson's imprisonment. "There's nothing really exciting about it, to be honest," Pardo said. "It's sort of depressing ... He's got a 4-by-6 cell, he's got a television. Everyone in there treats him pretty nice."
Since his imprisonment in Lovelock, Simpson himself hasn't made quite as many headlines. However, that could change — not only due to the one-two punch of American Crime Story and O.J.: Made in America, but because he is eligible for parole in 2017.