WOW — Oscar Pistorius is being released from prison on Oct. 20. That means he’ll only have served one year behind bars for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.
Justice has not been served for Reeva Steenkamp’s family. Oscar Pistorius, 28, is being released from prison four years before the end of his sentence for killing the gorgeous model, meaning he’ll only have served one year after being convicted of culpable homicide.
Oscar was convicted of culpable homicide for Reeva’s death, and sentenced to five years in prison on Oct. 21, 2014. But one year later, on Oct. 20, he’ll be released from behind bars and put on house arrest instead, which is apparently a common procedure in South Africa, where the shooting took place.
During his lawsuit, Oscar’s defense team claimed the Paralympian shot Reeva because he thought she was an intruder. After Oscar served one-sixth of his sentence, back in August, officials recommended that he be released to house arrest on Aug. 21. However, a judge blocked the parole board’s decision two days before the set date
“Nothing will bring Reeva back,” an attorney for the Steenkamp family said in a statement. “[Her parents] are not surprised at this announcement. They expected this.” What’s most upsetting about this situation is that, even though Oscar will not be totally free, he’s reportedly expected to spend his house arrest at his uncle’s mansion — not a bad set up, right?
This whole process has been highly-publicized, beginning with the night Oscar shot Reeva at his home in Pretoria on Feb. 14, 2013. He was charged with murder and the trial began way back on March 3, 2014. It wasn’t until Sept. 12 of that year that Oscar was found guilty of culpable homicide and reckless endangerment, and he was given his sentence on Oct. 20.
HollywoodLifers, do you think it’s too soon for Oscar to be released from prison?