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Oscar Pistorius Granted Parole, Will Be Released After Serving 8 Years for Girlfriend’s Murder

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Paralympic Gold Medalist and Convicted Killer

Oscar Pistorius, a Paralympic gold medalist and convicted killer, has been granted parole after serving about eight years of a 13-year sentence for shooting his girlfriend to death.

Release Date and Monitoring

The 37-year-old South African, also known as the "Blade Runner," will be released on January 5th. However, he will be monitored for the remainder of his sentence and must perform community service and attend programs on anger issues and violence against women.

No Monitoring Device

Pistorius will not have to wear a monitoring device as it is not part of the South African procedure, according to a government spokesman. However, he will need permission to leave Pretoria, where the killing took place.

Outrage on Social Media

Many people expressed outrage on social media over the decision to grant Pistorius parole. Critics argue that 10 years is not enough for taking someone's life.

The Tragic Incident

In 2013, Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day. He claimed he thought she was an intruder, but prosecutors argued it was a fit of rage during an argument.

Legal Proceedings

Pistorius was initially found guilty of culpable homicide in 2014 and sentenced to five years in prison. He was released after a year to serve house arrest. However, in 2015, an appeals court upgraded his charge to murder, leading to a 13-year sentence in 2017.

Victim's Mother

Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp, was not opposed to Pistorius' early release but expressed doubts about his rehabilitation. She also stated that she never believed Pistorius' version of events and forgave him long ago.

This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.