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Oscar Pistorius set for release on Tuesday


2012 gold medalist at the 400m men London Paralympics, Oscar Pistorius, a.k.a Blade Rubber, who shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 will be released on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, after serving 11 months of his five year sentence.

The parole board approved the placement of offender, Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from October 20, 2015.  The Steenkamps said they have been notified and were not surprised. Earlier, they objected to his release at 10 months saying it was not long enough for their daughter.

Oscar shot at his girlfriend on Thursday, February 14, 2013, through the locked bathroom door with his 9mm pistol claiming he thought she was an intruder. 

The High Court of South Africa in Pretoria opened the case on March 3, 2014, and on September 11 and 12, 2014, he was declared not guilty of murder but guilty of culpable homicide, a charge equivalent to manslaughter.  And on October 21, he was handed a five year sentence and a concurrent three-year suspended prison sentence for the separate reckless endangerment conviction.  His trial was broadcasted live.

He still faces appeal in the Supreme Court in November and if successful his sentence would be upgraded and he might be re-jailed for 15 years.

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