O.J. Simpson is now in protective custody at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, having been moved to a separate part of the prison and removed from the general population, according to Nevada Department of Corrections spokesperson Brooke Keast.
Keast confirmed to ABC News today that the 70-year-old former football star has been moved as a precautionary measure for his safety due to Simpson’s notoriety and the attention given to his parole hearing Thursday.
A group of four commissioners from the Nevada parole board granted parole to Simpson after he served the minimum nine years of his 33-year sentence for a 2007 kidnapping and armed robbery incident in Las Vegas. Simpson, who expressed both defiance and gratitude at the hearing, could be released as early as Oct. 1.
Bruce Fromong, a victim in the robbery case who spoke in Simpson’s favor at Thursday’s parole hearing, told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” in an exclusive interview today that he believes Simpson “has served his time” and deserves parole.
“O.J. has served his time,” Fromong said.” “I had told the [district attorney] at the time I had felt like one to three years was a proper sentence for it.”
“It wasn’t O.J. who put the gun to my head,” Fromong added. “He was also the one who said, ‘Put the gun down, put the gun down.'”.
Before the parole board Thursday, Fromong admitted that the Las Vegas hotel room that was the site of the botched robbery attempt did contain items that belonged to Simpson, but said that on the day of the robbery, “Simpson was misguided.”
Fromong called Simpson his “friend.”