Olympic Runner Oscar Pistorius Released, Pistorius was found guilty of murder in the shooting death of his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
Olympic Runner Oscar Pistorius Released From Prison
Oscar Pistorius, a South African athlete, was released on parole on Friday after serving nearly nine years in prison for the Valentine’s Day 2013 gunshot death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympic runner competing against able-bodied athletes, was serving a 13-year term at the Atteridgeville Correctional Center in Pretoria, South Africa.
Little information was known about his release, although the notification from the country’s Department of Corrections came about 8:30 a.m. local time, according to The Associated Press.
In 2015, Pistorius was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 13 years and five months in jail. Serious offenders in South Africa are eligible for parole after serving at least half of their sentence.
The Department of Corrections claimed at the time that Pistorius was given release on Nov. 24 under many restrictions, including that he not leave the Pretoria region. According to the Associated Press, he will live at his uncle’s property in the posh Waterkloof area.
He will also be expected to attend an anger management program and complete community service. His parole terms will be in effect for five years.
At his murder trial, Pistorius testified that he accidentally murdered Steenkamp, 29, thinking she was a dangerous intruder hiding in his toilet in the middle of the night when he fired four times through the door with his licensed 9mm pistol.
Prosecutors claimed Pistorius killed her in a rage after she ran to the restroom following a late-night altercation. In her death, Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide, which is equivalent to manslaughter. Following an appeal by prosecutors, his verdict was reversed, and he was found guilty of murder.
They also appealed a six-year murder conviction, and Pistorius was eventually sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison. The South African Department of Corrections was contacted by Fox News Digital, but no response was received at the time of publication.
The first crippled athlete to compete against able-bodied men was once recognized as sports’ most inspirational person.
But that image was shattered when he opened fire on a bathroom stall in his Pretoria home in an upmarket gated community, murdering Steenkamp, his three-month girlfriend.
Pistorius was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, without a fibula bone in either of his lower legs due to a congenital defect.
When he was 11 months old, his legs were amputated below the knee, but his mother taught him that his condition was not an excuse and encouraged him to participate in sports.
Pistorius won gold in the 200 meters at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens after receiving his first carbon-fiber prosthesis. He quickly rose to prominence as the world’s most famous disabled athlete. Pistorius won gold in the 100, 200, and 400 meters at the 2008 Paralympics, setting world records in all three events.
He also began competing against non-disabled competitors, although many detractors claimed that his carbon-fiber blades gave him an unfair advantage.
At the zenith of his career, Pistorius competed in the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the first amputee to race in an Olympic track event, and he was picked to carry South Africa’s flag at the closing ceremony.