O.J. Simpson en route to release: prison official

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O.J. Simpson en route to release: prison official

LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson was apparently in transit Saturday, ahead of his release on parole as early as Monday - possibly in Las Vegas, a Nevada prisons official said.

State Department of Corrections public inmate records provided no information about Simpson’s custody status or location, which prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast said usually indicates that an inmate is being moved in custody. Locations are withheld for security reasons, she said.

“He is still in our custody, at least until [Sunday],” Keast said. “The department is progressing toward his release as soon as possible.”

Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, said he wouldn’t confirm his client’s location. He said that when he last spoke with Simpson, he was still at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.

When Simpson arrives at a prison facility, the department’s public website will reflect his location, Keast said.

Nevada Parole and Probation Capt. Shawn Arruti, who is involved in Simpson’s release, did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages.

Keast said this week that plans called for Simpson to be transferred to High Desert State Prison outside Las Vegas to be freed as early as Monday - the first business day after Simpson becomes eligible for parole on Sunday. She said releases normally aren’t handled on weekends.

The former football hero, TV and movie actor, advertising pitchman and celebrity criminal defendant, now 70, has served nine years in prison for a 2007 armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

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