What O.J. Simpson had to say during his parole hearing.
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O.J. Simpson could be released from prison in Nevada as early as Monday, according to the Nevada prison spokesperson.
Brooke Keast of the Nevada Department of Corrections told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday that Simpson, 70, will be transported to High Desert State Prison from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada, where Simpson has served nine years for his role in a 2007 armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel.
At his parole hearing in July, Simpson said he intended to live in Florida, where his close friend Tom Scotto said he planned to house the former football star. But the Florida Department of Corrections told USA TODAY Sports in an email Wednesday that it had not received necessary paperwork from Simpson.
The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners ruled in July that Simpson could be released as early as Oct. 1. Since that falls on a Sunday, Simpson will likely have to wait until Monday. Keast said Capt. Shawn Arruti of the Nevada Parole and Probation would have details of Simpson’s release. Arruti has not returned messages left by USA TODAY Sports.
Keast said she heard Simpson was staying in Nevada. “And everybody calls me with a different story,” she said. “It’s kind of crazy. I honestly, I don’t care where he goes. I just need to know when to open the doors.”
Simpson’s sister, Shirley Baker, and oldest daughter, Arnelle, live in California. But a California prison official said they have also not received paperwork from Simpson.
Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, said he had no information about the matter.
“Simpson has to make specific relocation plans on his own, not through me,” LaVergne told USA TODAY Sports.
Keast said Nevada officials were focused on the public’s safety while preparing for Simpson’s release and expressed concern about the news media following Simpson’s vehicle.
Keast said she plans to take video and photographs of Simpson’s release and provide them and other details to the media in hopes of limiting the media’s access during the release.
“The big deal isn’t when we release him or how we release him or what,” she said. “The big deal is…