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Oscar Pistorius up for parole after murder conviction

The Hill logo The Hill 11/9/2021 Sarakshi Rai
Oscar Pistorius up for parole after murder conviction © AP/ Jerome Delay Oscar Pistorius up for parole after murder conviction

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee who participated in the 2012 Olympics and then was convicted three years later of murdering his girlfriend in a shooting that made international news, is up for parole but must first meet with the parents of his victim, according to The Associated Press.

The double amputee shot and killed his girlfriend Reva Steenkamp multiple times in a 2013 incident, and argued that he had mistaken her for an intruder.

He was convicted of culpable homicide, which the AP described as being similar to manslaughter in U.S. law, and initially received a five-year sentence. Prosecutors argued the sentence was too light, and won a ruling at the nation's Supreme Court of Appeal that more than doubled the original sentence.

Because the court said time Pistorius had already served for the crime of culpable homicide counted toward his term, he is eligible for parole this year - earlier than Steenkamp's parents had expected, according to the AP.

Steenkamp's parents want the face-to-face meeting with Pistorius before he receives a parole board hearing. The AP said the parents have a right to the meeting under South African law.

"Before an offender can be considered for parole placement, he or she must participate "in programs aimed at preparing them for a crime-free life beyond incarceration, including Restorative Justice, where offenders are able to acknowledge and take responsibility for their actions," the Department of Correctional Services Spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said in a statement to CNN.

His parole hearing was originally scheduled for October but had to be rescheduled after a meeting between the Steenkamps and Pistorius could not be arranged, the AP reported.

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