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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prison officials have recommended that Oscar Pistorius, who killed his girlfriend, be released from prison Aug. 21 for good behavior after serving just 10 months and be moved to house arrest, the head of correctional services said on Monday.

The news emerged the same day the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal announced the prosecution’s appeal against Pistorius’ acquittal on a murder charge for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp would be heard in November.

Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic athlete, was found guilty of culpable homicide for shooting Steenkamp multiple times through a closed toilet door in his home in 2013. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Under South African law, he is eligible to be released under conditions after serving one-sixth of his sentence, which is 10 months in this case.

Acting National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise said Monday that a prison committee recommended last week that Pistorius be released from the prison in Pretoria on Aug. 21, exactly 10 months after he was sentenced and meaning he will have served the minimum amount of jail time his sentence required.

Modise said the committee made the recommendation on the basis of Pistorius’ good behavior in the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in the capital, Pretoria, where he has been incarcerated since Oct. 21.

“He’s behaving himself very well,” Modise said. “He hasn’t given us any problems.”

Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela said the exact conditions of Pistorius’ house arrest wouldn’t be made public.

The prison’s parole board had not yet made the final decision to release Pistorius, and the world-famous runner must “keep behaving well” to be released, Modise said.

If released, Pistorius would be under strict probation conditions and would be monitored, Modise said. He said authorities would consider allowing him to begin training again.

However, Pistorius will also again face the possibility of a minimum of 15 years in prison if a panel of judges at the Supreme Court of Appeal overturns the original decision in his murder trial and convicts him of murder.

The court has not yet set an exact date for the start of the appeal, court registrar Paul Myburgh said, but it will be this November.

Last year, prosecutors appealed the decision by trial Judge Thokozile Masipa to find Pistorius guilty of the lesser charge, saying he should have been convicted of murder for shooting four times through the toilet cubicle door, killing Steenkamp. In December, Masipa granted prosecutors permission to appeal her finding at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Myburgh said chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel and defense lawyer Barry Roux had already met with the president of the court.

Some of the details of the appeal hearing have been ironed out: Prosecutors must submit their court papers outlining their argument by Aug. 17. Pistorius’ defense team must submit its response by Sept. 17, Myburgh said.

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9 thoughts on “Officials Recommend Pistorius Release From Prison on Aug. 21

  1. specialt757 on said:

    Peter did you call me a black bastard? LOL! OMG Boy the names I have for you are endless but I won’t stoop to your level, because as the saying goes, never argue with a fool, people looking in don’t know who the fool is.

    • At least I can admit I am a racist and can’t stand you negroes. You on the other hand only support black causes and cry racism all the time, you claim to be fighting racism when in fact you are a racist yourself!

  2. Loyce on said:

    I believe it has more to do with his Olympic ability to put South Africa on the map than his guilt or innocent! He was guilty of murder by US standards! Good thing he went home to seek justice. Maybe a civil suit would help the family financially for their loss, pain and suffering!

  3. Wow wth kind of justice is that he murdered his girlfriend and after just 10 months in prison will be released for good behavior. I’m sure her family is outraged. He gets to live his life while she is dead the justice system everywhere is terrible.

    • specialt757 on said:

      This whole case and how it was handled was an injusticed to this young woman and her family. Oh but if he had been black…

      • Oh please specialt you black bastard. Do you know your subhuman race has murdered 100,000 whites in South Africa in the past 20 years alone. You beasts have an excuse for everything!

      • Missy on said:

        @ Peter Johnson, they should wipe the map with you all. I guess those that took part in apartheid for decades were such loving and caring Christians. Pay back is a b@@@@.

    • Apartheid was put in place for a reason, just like segregation was put in place in the US for a reason, to keep humans(all other races) save from subhumans(aka negroes). You violent racists cant function anywhere!

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