'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius Will Be Released From Prison Next Week
The Paralympian will be on house arrest starting Oct. 20
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.
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