Wow. Less than a year after he was found guilty of murdering girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius may be done with his prison sentence. Officials have recommended that the Olympian be released on parole on Aug. 21.
Officials in the South African prison holding Oscar Pistorius, 28, are recommending that he be released from behind bars on Aug. 21, just ten months after he was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide in the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Here’s the scoop.
The parole board at the prison in Pretoria, South Africa, where Oscar is serving his sentence, has yet to make a decision in this situation. However, officers made the recommendation that the runner be released on parole due to good behavior since he was sentenced in October 2014.
In his 2014 trial, Oscar’s defense team argued that he only shot Reeva because he thought she was an intruder entering his home. He was charged with culpable homicide, meaning “a person was killed unintentionally, but unlawfully,” and sentenced to five years in jail.
If Oscar is let out in August, he will only have served one-sixth, or ten months, of that five-year sentence. He will have to go on house arrest if the board accepts the recommendation, but the details will remain closed from the public.
Reeva Steenkamp’s Family’s Reaction To Oscar Pistorius’ Sentence
Reeva’s family has not made a statement regarding this news yet, but based on what they said at the time of Oscar’s sentencing, they may not be too happy about his possible release.
“The family is satisfied,” a lawyer for the Steenkamps said in a statement at the time. “They are glad that it is over and are satisfied that justice has been done.”
HollywoodLifers tell us — do you think Oscar should be released on parole? Or should he have to serve his full sentence?
— Alyssa Norwin