O.J. Simpson will be making Florida his new home

O.J. Simpson will return to Florida as a resident sometime in the late fall

There is no doubt that Florida has always been a destination for sports stars and it looks like very soon the Sunshine State will be getting another former star. O.J. Simpson’s lawyer says the former football star and actor will live in Florida as planned after being released from a Nevada prison.

The 70-year-old Simpson was approved for parole Thursday after serving nine years of his sentence. He could be released from Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada as early as sometime next week.

He has a home in Miami that is up for sale listing at $1.3 million for the 4,148-square-foot house sits on a gated 1.65-acre lot that includes a guesthouse, a swimming pool, and a basketball court.

Simpson’s lawyer Malcolm LaVergne tells The Associated Press that there’s “no doubt” Simpson is going to Florida. It’s not clear where.

Simpson has been behind bars since 2008 for armed robbery in a botched bid in Las Vegas to retrieve items that he says were stolen from him after his acquittal in the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend in Los Angeles.

While he was acquitted of the 1994 killings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in criminal court. He was later found liable for their deaths in civil court.

Simpson moved to South Florida in 1999, buying in 2000 the four-bedroom, four-bath home at 9450 SW 112th St. in a gated community in Kendall for $575,000.

There has been a great deal of speculation that he would end up residing in the Tampa Bay area. His two grown children — Justin Simpson, a Coldwell Banker real estate agent, and Sydney Simpson, a real estate investor — live in St. Petersburg.

While both have a great love for their father neither had any comment on the possibility that Simpson would be moving to the Tampa Bay Area anytime soon, if at all.

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