Prison official: O.J. Simpson moving toward parole release
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
As soon as OJ Simpson is released on parole and has permission to leave the state, his attorney says he’ll move to Florida.
“Florida will ultimately be the location he ultimately resides in. I can guarantee that,” said Malcom Lavergne, Simpson’s attorney.
Simpson has been behind bars for nine years. In 2007, he was convicted in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at Palace Station.
The path to parole will start when he is transferred from Lovelock Correctional Center to High Desert State Prison, near Indian Springs.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Nevada Department of Corrections wouldn’t confirm if Simpson had been moved from Lovelock.
“We don’t talk about transports. That’s something we don’t share information on because it’s very risky,” said NDOC spokeswoman Brooke Keast.
Nevada’s Department of Parole and Probation is the agency responsible for handling Simpson’s release from custody.
Florida’s attorney general authored a strongly worded letter asking her state’s Department of Corrections to say no to Simpson’s request to be paroled to Florida.
In urging the agency to say no, Pam Bondi offered conditions in the event they grant permission.
Bondi wants Simpson to be required to wear a monitoring device and subject to regular drug and alcohol testing. She’s also calling for strict travel restriction on Simpson.
Florida “should not become a country club for OJ Simpson,” she wrote.
Simpson’s attorney dismissed Bondi’s letter and questioned why she didn’t voice concerns after Simpson’s successful parole hearing.
“All of the sudden, 70 days out, we get a letter from Pam Bondi saying wait a minute, he’s a bad guy doing this?” said Lavergne.
“It’s just good politics on her part,” he declared.