ORIGINAL STORY: With a parole hearing for O.J. Simpson scheduled for next week, ABC's 20/20 tracked down some of those involved in the Las Vegas armed robbery attempt.
Dozens of media agencies from all over the country are expected to converge on Carson City, Nevada, next Thursday as a parole board will decide if Simpson has served enough time.
Simpson is asking to be set free after nearly a decade behind bars.
20/20 is digging deeper into what happened inside that room at the Palace Station when Simpson went to "retrieve" memorabilia.
Reporter Deborah Roberts spoke with several of Simpson's friends who feel he was overcharged and over-sentenced because people felt he got away with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ron Goldman.
Simpson was acquitted in that case.
Roberts says many of the people she spoke with, including a retired prison guard, say Simpson has been a leader behind bars and should be paroled.
Those involved with the 2007 robbery attempt say Simpson didn't seem to think he would face this type of punishment.
"I looked at OJ and I said 'what if they call the police' and he looked at me and used a four-letter-word that starts with f and ends with k the police. 'What are they going to do, take me to jail for taking my own stuff," Walter Alexander said.
If Simpson's parole is approved, he could be free as early as October.
If it is denied, Simpson would have to wait another four years to apply for parole again.
13 Action News Anchor Todd Quinones talked with Roberts ahead of the special. Watch the interview below.