'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius Will Be Released From Prison Next Week

The Paralympian will be on house arrest starting Oct. 20

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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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