Date
26 May 2017
Oscar Pistorius is shown leaving the court house in Pretoria in this 2014 file photo. He has been released from prison after serving one year for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend. Photo: Reuters
Oscar Pistorius is shown leaving the court house in Pretoria in this 2014 file photo. He has been released from prison after serving one year for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend. Photo: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius released from prison into house arrest

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been released from prison and placed under house arrest after serving a year for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend.

CNN is reporting that Pistorius walked out of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison Monday evening, a day earlier than expected. 

Pistorius will continue to undergo psychotherapy sessions and is barred from owning a gun.

He is also expected to do a period of community service.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, in October last year for the death of South African model Reeva Steenkamp.

He shot the law school graduate several times through a bathroom door on Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

Pistorius had been in prison since October last year when a judge sentenced him to five years for culpable homicide.

Last week, a parole board said it had approved his placement under house arrest and correctional supervision for four years.

South Africa’s correctional services act allows convicted criminals who have served at least one-sixth of their sentence to do the remainder under house arrest.

A case lodged by the prosecution appealing that decision is due to be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal on Nov. 3.

State prosecutors say Pistorius should have instead been convicted of murder.

Pistorius, who wears a prosthetic leg became a national hero for running against able-bodied athletes, including at the 2012 London Olympics.  

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