Oscar Pistorius to be freed after 10 months of 5-year sentence

Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted of culpable homicide after killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, will be released on parole August 21 after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence, according to Adam Withnall of the Independent.

“He’s behaving himself very well,” Zach Modise, the South African correctional services’ national commissioner, said in June, while noting that Pistorius wouldn’t serve his full sentence.

It’s still possible that Pistorius could be convicted of murder, as prosecutors are attempting to appeal the case to the South African Supreme Court.

According to NBC Bay Area, Pistorius claimed that he shot Steenkamp because he thought she was an intruder, but if prosecutors win the appeal and he is convicted of murder, he would be facing at minimum 15 years in prison.

Pistorius became an iconic figure during the 2012 Olympics, competing as an amputee in the 400-meter and 4×400-meter races.

After killing Steenkamp in February 2013, however, his trial gripped the nation of South Africa and the rest of the world.

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