Larry Nassar has been transferred to a high-security prison in Florida, after his attorney complained the disgraced USA Gymnastics team sports doctor was at risk in an Arizona facility.
The 55-year-old had been moved to a penitentiary in Oklahoma after the attack was reported in May and now he will do his time in Sumter County’s USP Coleman II, reports TMZ.
Nassar’s new home, approximately 50 miles from Orlando, is often referred to as a special needs prison due to the number of vulnerable inmates there.
He joins around 1,400 other inmates – including James ‘Whitey’ Bulger after the United States Penitentiary in Tucson was deemed to dangerous for him.
Former USA Gymnastics team physician, Larry Nassar, 55, (pictured in January) has been transferred to a high-security prison in Florida, after his attorney complained he was at risk
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is also at the prison Larry Nassar was moved to near Orlando, Florida
Al Qaeda sympathizer, Amine El Khalifi, (left) and Leonard Peltier (right) the Native American activist locked up for killing two FBI agents in 1975 are inmates there too
Nassar will do his time in Sumter County’s USP Coleman II after the reported attack in May
Other well-known names at the wider prison, which includes USP Coleman I, include terrorists, mafia types and big pubic figures.
It happens to have been Martha Stewarts second choice of prison to serve her five-month sentence for obstruction of justice, making false statements and conspiracy for lying to investigators in 2004.
Media baron and British House of Lords member, Conrad Black, served time there for fraud but was released in 2012.
Nassar’s current prison mates are Al Qaeda sympathizer, Amine El Khalifi, who planned a suicide bombing on the US Capitol, reports Orlando Sentinel.
Leonard Peltier, the Native American activist locked up for killing two FBI agents in 1975 in South Dakota also resides there.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina (pictured in January) denied the disgraced former sports doctor a new sentence
It’s where Nassar’s 60-year federal sentence for child porn charges will drag out. Attorney Jacqueline McCann worked to appeal in Eaton County August 22 but the case was upheld.
On Monday, Michigan’s Judge Rosemarie Aquilina also denied Nassar’s request for a new sentence in his seven first-degree criminal sexual conduct convictions.
She said the man she sentenced to up to 175 years behind bars is still trying to keep his victims under control.
The judge added she didn’t feel there was an error in the sentence she issued in January, where he received a minimum of 40 years in prison after taking a guilty plea deal.
Prior to the hearing in Ingham County, Nassar’s attorneys had asked the Court of Appeals to stop the proceeding and allow them to appeal rulings that kept Aquilina on the case, however the request citing bias was refused by Chief Judge Richard Garcia.
The defense referred to Aquilina mentioning that legislation may change after her sentencing and quoted her social media posts as evidence she was keen not to cause public outcry with a softer sentencing.
They also noted she had been seen with some of the victims and attended event where people connected to the case and the media was present.
‘This is not Burger King, he will not have it his way,’ Aquilina said. ‘He is trying to order everything up his way and forget the original order he made.’
Adding that he wanted the court to ‘hold his hand’ she deferred the decision of whether Nassar would have to serve his state sentence after the federal one he’s currently in for (as opposed to concurrent with it), to the federal judge.
However with the long sentencing, it’s unlikely to have an impact on the defense seeing as Nassar is currently serving a 60-year federal sentence on child pornography charges.
Still, Chief Deputy Attorney General Laura Moody clarified the hearing was about letting the victims get their voices heard.
‘A sentencing hearing is not just a forum for the defendant,’ she said. ‘The sentencing hearing is a forum for the victims as well.
‘The sentence he’s now complaining about is the sentence he bargained for. So it’s not as if this court imposed a term of years not contemplated by the parties. This is a typical case of buyer’s remorse and now that Nassar is sitting in prison, he regrets the agreement.’
Survivor Lindsey Lemke was at the hearing and described it as a happier occasion than when she was there the first time around as she knew the outcome.
‘I would just hope for continued accountability because us survivors are still healing, we’re not close yet to being fully healed, if we will be,’ she told reporters, including Anna Liz Nichols from The State News.
His sentence in January came after seven days of victim-impact statements from 156 women and girls who had been in the care of the former Michigan State University employee when he subject them to misconduct.
Nassar argued the judge had made a mistake in increasing his sentence.