Oscar Pistorius To Be Released This Week - Now What?

Posted: Aug 17 2015, 9:12am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News


Oscar Pistorius to be Released this Week - Now What?
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The Olympian served time in jail for shooting and killing his girlfriend.

Ten months ago, Olympic and Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius was put into jail for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, to death on Valentine's Day in 2013. According to CNN, he is expected to be released from a prison and South Africa and be put under house arrest this week.

Convicted of culpable homicide, which means that he killed her unlawfully but also unintentionally, he is hoping to get back some of his normalcy. It is unknown what will happen, if anything, to his athletic career.

Best guesses have the man known as "Blade Runner" released Friday after serving only 1/6 of his sentencing. A parole board recommended early release, but overcrowding and underfunding make it a certainty - especially for someone who likely requires special help. Early release is normal for someone who behaves in prison and isn't considered a danger to society.

A Correctional Services representative told CNN the terms of his supervision will not be released. However, he will likely have required employment, drug screening, community service, electronic monitoring, and no firearms. Pistorius will serve out the rest of his sentence at his uncle's house in an affluent Pretoria suburb.

Many experts venture to guess that it is highly unlikely that he will compete again. Though he was a source of pride, the International Paralympic Committee has said he can compete only after his five-year sentence is completed - though they might have to look at it again if he is released early. He was also banned from the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics - making the next Olympic Games he could compete at the 2020 games in Tokyo. He will be 33 by then, which will make it very difficult.

Reeva Steenkamp's parents sent a letter to the parole board begging not to let him out early. "Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough," the letter read in part. "We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as a deterrent it should."

There is still the chance that an appeal could send him back to prison.

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