Oscar Pistorius to Get Out of Prison and Go Into House Arrest

Oscar Pistorius to Get Out of Prison
Oscar Pistorius, shown in this file photo running in the semifinals of the Men's 400 at the London 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 5, 2012, is scheduled to leave prison Friday. File Photo by UPI/Terry Schmitt | License Photo

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Oct. 17, 2015  (Gephardt Daily) — Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius, found guilty of killing his girlfriend, will be released from prison to house arrest on Tuesday. Pistorius has served about a fifth of his sentence according to a South African parole board.

Pistorius was originally sentenced to five years in prison in the 2013 shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Under terms of his release, he will be placed in “correctional supervision,” must continue psychotherapy, and will not be allowed to possess a firearm.

Pistorius, 28, was convicted of culpable homicide — the South African equivalent of manslaughter. The double amputee, known as the “blade runner,” argued he thought an intruder was in the bathroom when he shot through the door killing Steenkamp.

Pistorius’s release has been delayed several times. He was originally scheduled to leave prison in August. Steenkamp’s family have argued he has not served enough time in prison.

“Nothing has changed for June and Barry, nothing will bring Reeva back,” says attorney Tania Koen speaking for Steenkamp’s parents. “They are not surprised at all by this announcement. They expected this.”


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