O.J. Simpson's Former Guard Reveals Details About His State of Mind Prior to Parole Hearing

In a few short days, O.J. Simpson could be granted his freedom.

On July 20, the former football star will sit before his parole board and they will determine if he will be released early from his prison sentence.

Simpson, who turned 70 on Sunday, is apparently "sweating it" ahead of the big day, according to former prison guard Jeffrey Felix.

"He's under a lot of stress. His freedom is on the line," Felix told Inside Edition. "He needs to be ready for his hearing."

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Simpson is currently incarcerated at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. In 2008, Simpson was found guilty of robbing two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in Las Vegas. He was convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other crimes. At the time, the judge sentenced him to serve 33 years behind bars, with the possibly of parole after nine years.

Felix, now retired from working at Lovelock Correctional Center and the author of Guarding The Juice, said Simpson believes the media attention surrounding his hearing could potentially hurt his chances of getting out.

"O.J. just feels the media is working against him, the hype is working against him," he said. "He doesn't like the drama."

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Walter Alexander, who avoided jail time in return for testifying against Simpson, said the former NFL star didn't think they were committing any crimes.

"I looked at O.J. and said: 'What if they called the police?' and he looked at me and he used a four letter word that starts with 'f' and ends with 'k' the police'," Alexander said.

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The men also told ABC's Deborah Roberts that if Simpson was a "regular guy" he could possibly be set free, but his circumstances change things.

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