Oscar Pistorius To Be Released From Prison Early, Serve House Arrest
Oscar Pistorius will be released from prison on Tuesday, less than one year into his five-year sentence.
As Gossip Cop reported, Pistorius was ordered to serve five years behind bars nearly a year ago after he was found guilty of culpable homicide (the equivalent to manslaughter) in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. As we noted at the time, the Olympian had the possibility of later being granted a conditional release after one-sixth of his sentence, in this case 10 months. And now that’s exactly what happened.
Pistorius will be under house of arrest for the duration of his sentence. He will reportedly be spending that time at his uncle’s mansion in South Africa. Steenkamp’s family is already slamming the decision, acknowledging that while they “expected” it, “nothing will bring Reeva back.”
As Gossip Cop previously reported, Pistorius escaped the more serious charge of premeditated murder, a ruling the prosecution is appealing. The double-amputee sprinter maintained throughout his trial that he believed he was firing at an intruder in their bathroom when he killed Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. Pistorius faced a maximum of 15 years in prison, with the prosecution seeking at least 10 year, while his defense team requested house arrest from the start. TELL US: What do you think of Pistorius being released from prison for house arrest?