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Oscar Pistorius, Convicted Of Girlfriend’s Murder, Released From Prison

Oscar Pistorius, Once Celebrated ‘Blade Runner’, Leaves Prison on Parole



Oscar Pistorius, Convicted Of Girlfriend's Murder, Released From Prison

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Oscar Pistorius, Once Celebrated ‘Blade Runner’, Leaves Prison on Parole

This Friday brought a major turn in the life of Oscar Pistorius, the former Paralympic star known as the ‘Blade Runner’. After spending almost nine years in jail, he walked out as a free man, now on parole, as confirmed by South African authorities.

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Court increased the sentence of South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius. 
File photo from October 16, 2014 — Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/ Reuters

The Valentine’s Day Tragedy

It all goes back to Valentine’s Day in 2013, a day that changed Pistorius’s life forever. He shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his house in Pretoria. Pistorius said he thought she was an intruder. This incident shook the world, putting the spotlight on the famous athlete with carbon fiber prosthetic legs.

Reeva Steenkamp
Reeva Steenkamp in a reality show publicity photo — Photo: AP

Jail Time and Parole Details

Pistorius was initially handed a six-year sentence in 2016 for manslaughter, a decision that didn’t sit well with the prosecution and led to an appeal. Now, as he steps back into the world, he’s not completely free of the system. He’s got to keep up with anger management therapy and attend sessions about gender-based violence. Plus, he’s under watch by an officer until his sentence ends in 2029.

Steenkamp’s Family: ‘Life Sentences for Those Left Behind’

For Reeva Steenkamp’s family, justice feels incomplete. Her mother, June Steenkamp, said it plainly: losing Reeva means they’re serving a life sentence, a pain that never goes away.

Pistorius at 37: A Changed Life

Oscar Pistorius, now 37, has seen his life flip upside down. From an acclaimed athlete to a man convicted of killing his girlfriend, his story has been a rollercoaster. His release on parole is the latest chapter in a saga that’s sparked endless conversations about fame, justice, and how the law works in South Africa.

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