People.com Crime 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius Will Be Released From Prison Next Week The Paralympian will be on house arrest starting Oct. 20 By Chris Harris Chris Harris Twitter Chris Harris has been a senior true crime reporter for PEOPLE since late 2015. An award-winning journalist who has worked for Rolling Stone and MTV News, Chris enjoys prog rock, cycling, Marvel movies, IPAs, and roller coasters. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 15, 2015 02:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison on Oct. 20 and moved to house arrest, according to a statement from the South African Department of Correctional Services. The South African sprinter, 28, was convicted a year ago of culpable homicide for allegedly shooting to death his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day of 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee known as “Blade Runner” for his prosthetic legs, competed in the Paralympics and even the 2012 Olympic Games for able-bodied athletes. Pistorius has long maintained that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. Pistorius’ release was initially approved in late August, 10 months into his five-year prison sentence. The statement says the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Supervision and Parole Board decided this morning to approve “the placement of offender Oscar Pistorius” – known by his nickname “Blade Runner” – “under correctional supervision” starting Oct. 20. “The parole board met in Pretoria for the second time following a directive of the Parole Review Board, which set aside its earlier decision to place Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision because it was prematurely made,” the statement continues. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.