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Pistorius Paroled

Oscar Pistorius, the South African former Olympic and Paralympic runner, will be released from prison today after serving half of his over 13-year sentence for the 2013 murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Known as "Blade Runner," the 37-year-old is a six-time Paralympic gold medal winner and was the first double amputee runner to compete in the Olympic Games. He fatally shot Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day, claiming he mistook her for an intruder—prosecutors argued he shot her knowingly due to an argument. He was initially convicted of culpable homicide in 2014, roughly the equivalent to involuntary manslaughter in the US, before his conviction was escalated to murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa in 2015, leading to a 13-year, five-month sentence in 2017. See details on the case here.

Upon release, Pistorius will participate in South Africa's restorative justice program, undergoing regular monitoring and participation in gender-based violence and anger management programs until his full sentence ends in December 2029.

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