Oscar Pistorius set to leave prison, move to house arrest

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Oscar Pistorius was approved to be released from prison and moved to house arrest by Aug. 21, South African officials said Monday.

Pistorius was sentenced Oct. 21 to no more than five years in jail after being found guilty of culpable homicide, but not murder, for shooting and killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

It was reported in October that Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, could serve eight to 10 months of the sentence in jail and the rest under house arrest.

“An offender may serve only one sixth of his/her sentence in custody, and continue to serve the remaining period of the sentence under correctional supervision,” a South African press releases Monday said, citing South African law.

Steenkamp’s family participated in the parole board’s deliberations, according to the press release.

However, Pistorius may be sent back to prison, specifically pending a prosecution’s appeal, reportedly to be heard in November after delays. The prosecution sought Pistorius to be charged with murder and face at least 15 years in prison.

In March, Steenkamp’s mother said she didn’t care about the prosecution’s appeal after it deemed Pistorius’ sentence “shockingly light.”

“I don’t want him to suffer in any way, because he’s a disabled person,” June Steenkamp said, according to The Associated Press.

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