Simpson planned to move to Florida following his release but made a decision to stay in Las Vegas due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma that tarnished the state. Two of the men with Simpson in Las Vegas carried handguns, although Simpson still insists he never knew anyone was armed.
A lawyer for O.J. Simpson lashed out at Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday after she opposed the former football star's move to Florida from Nevada, where he was recently released on parole after serving nine years in prison for armed robbery. Simpson's quiet midnight release was meant to cut down on unwanted media attention, according to the facility representative.
In a statement previously issued to PEOPLE, Goldman's sister, Kim, and his father, Ron, explain that "while we respect the Nevada Parole Board's decision to release Simpson, it's still hard for us knowing he will be a free man again".
Bondi sent a letter to the Florida Department of Corrections asking the agency to oppose Simpson's transfer to Florida to serve parole, the Times reported on Friday. His good friend, Tom Scotto, lives in there and has said before that Simpson can stay with him. Simpson was whisked away early Sunday morning, under the cover of darkness, upon his release from a Nevada prison.
Simpson's sister, Shirley Baker, told ABC News from California on Sunday, "We are just joyous, grateful and celebrating today".
A department spokeswoman warned media not to try to chase his vehicle from the prison gates, saying officials could postpone the release for weeks if necessary to avoid "risk to the community" from such a frenzy. So how does Simpson want to move on?
Keast said Simpson left with two boxes - one filled with legal paperwork and the other with personal items. The former Buffalo Bills player will have to adhere to the conditions set by the Nevada parole board, which include banning him from consuming alcohol in large quantities or hanging out with ex-convicts or people who engage in criminal activity.
"As a flawless storm we all ended up in Las Vegas, you know?" And believe it or not I do have some friends. Simpson declined to be interviewed, saying he had done nothing since his release but sit in a vehicle for five hours. I am sorry things turned out the way they did. "I wasn't there to steal from anybody".
"Our biggest concern was our safety and the public's safety and not wanting anybody, paparazzi, to follow him", she said. "He wants to enjoy the very simple pleasures that he hasn't enjoyed in nine years".
Though Florida's attorney general has urged the department to object to Simpson's return, the department previously has said it would be required to accept a transfer if the request met certain criteria.
"I've done my time", Simpson told the board in July. "And play a little golf". She added that she had no information on Simpson's intended destination.
"We're not gonna hide", Scotto said. He was acquitted the following year in what was dubbed the "trial of the century". He has always maintained his innocence. The families of the victims were awarded $33.5 million after a civil suit was filed when Simpson was found not guilty.
Simpson's attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, interviewed before his client's release, did not reveal any plans, but said Simpson was excited to be leaving prison.
When asked where he was going he answered, "None of your business".