Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympian who was sentenced to five years in prison for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend, will be released from jail on house arrest Tuesday, according to Algoa FM radio station in Port Elizabeth.
South Africa allows for some prisoners to be released under correctional supervision after fulfilling one-sixth of their sentence. Pistorius was eligible to be released on house arrest in August, but the parole board in Pretoria postponed the decision and referred the matter back to a lower board, according to CNN.
Pistorius was charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp, who was found shot to death in February 2013. The double-amputee Olympic sprinter, nicknamed "Blade Runner" for his metal running blades, admitted that he did fire the shots that killed Steenkamp through a bathroom door but said he thought he was firing at a home invader.
BREAKING NEWS: Oscar Pistorius to be released on correctional supervision on Tuesday 20 October 2015 @AlgoaFM
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A judge acquitted Pistorius of murder but found him negligent in Steenkamp’s death. Prosecutors have said the judge did not apply the law correctly in his ruling, and they are trying to appeal the court’s decision on Pistorius. The next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 3.