O.J. Simpson has been place in protective custody at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after being granted parole on Wednesday. ABC News reports the former NFL great has been moved to a separate part of the prison and removed from the general population.
A prison spokesperson says the 70-year-old as been moved as a precautionary measure for his safety due to O.J.’s notoriety and the attention given to his parole hearing.
The parole board granted him parole fter he served the minimum nine years of his 33-year sentence for a 2007 kidnapping and armed robbery charge in Las Vegas. He could be set free as early as Oct. 1.
He was charge after he allegedly led a group of men into a hotel and casino to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint. He claims the memorabilia and other personal items belonged to him and denied ever holding a gun or threatening the robbery victims. He stated at his parole hearing that the courts have ruled that the property in question does belong to him.
The Nevada parole board commissioners explained that they voted to grant him parole because: he has minimal to no prior convictions; he has stable release plans; he has community and/or family support; he has a positive institutional record; he participated in programs specific to addressing behavior that led to incarceration; and his victim is in support of his parole.