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Oscar Pistorius, a South African sprinter is up for parole

‘Blade runner’ Oscar Pistorius eligible for parole

Oscar Pistorius, the multi-time Paralympic medalist convicted of killing his girlfriend in 2013, is up for parole amid his 15-year sentence for murder. Pistorius was originally convicted of manslaughter, later upgraded to murder, and sentenced to 15 years.

Pistorius has now served half of his sentence, which automatically makes him eligible for parole under South African law. Originally, he was not deemed eligible for parole until March 2023, but his lawyer reportedly petitioned South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal to include the 500 days he spent in prison after his manslaughter conviction in his time served.

He was initially sentenced to five years for manslaughter, then six for murder, and then a prosecutor appealed that decision with his sentence eventually getting more than doubled in 2017. As part of his parole proceedings, Pistorius will have a mediated dialogue with Steenkamp’s parents.

The family’s lawyer said they were “shocked and surprised” at the prospect of his parole.

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