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Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole in January, a decade after killing girlfriend

Nov 24, 2023

Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison on Jan. 5, as he was granted parole in a hearing at Atteridgevale prison Friday. The decision comes almost 11 years after the former South African sprinter killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

In 2013, Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times through his bathroom door with a licensed 9mm pistol late on Valentine's Day. Accused of killing the 29-year-old in anger, Pistorius claimed he mistook her for a hiding intruder. He was convicted of manslaughter in 2014, a charge that was ultimately amended to murder. His sentence was increased from five to 13 years and five months in 2017. He turned 37 this week.

Pistorius was allowed house arrest in 2015 during a brief hearing for one of the many appeals in his case. He was imprisoned again afterward. He has been completing his sentence in the jail that hosted his Parole hearing on Friday, which is located in South Africa's capital of Pretoria.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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