Pistorius to be released from prison

Sean Callaghan, Sports Reporter

Oscar Pistorius is a both a famously known and infamously known South African sprint runner. Pistorious, 28 years old, was born in Sandton, South Africa. When he was about eleven months old, both of his legs had to be amputated below the knee. Oscar was, and to some is, an inspiration not only for becoming the person he is but rising above what is expected of him as a double amputee, running in races meant for single amputee athletes and able bodied racers.

Early in the morning on Valentine’s day 2013, Oscar shot and killed his girlfriend,  Reeva Steenkamp.  The double-amputee Olympian who was arguably South Africa’s biggest Olympic star, shot through a bathroom door at his home in Pretoria and killed his girlfriend, 29-year-old model and law school graduate Reeva Steenkamp. There was a large trial and many speculations as to whether he actually committed manslaughter. Ultimately, the trial ended with Oscar being found guilty. Oscarhas been in prison since October last year, when he was sentenced to five years for homicide.

The correctional services department had originally said Pistorius would be released from the Pretoria jail on Tuesday in line with a decision by a parole board at the prison. Instead, he has already been released and is on house arrest until October 2019. His sentence originally meant that he would serve his time in prison until October 18, being a 5 year sentence. His house arrest has given him an opportunity to get out two years early after first going to jail and being on house arrest one year more than he would’ve been in prison.

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