Oscar Pistorius, the former Paralympic gold medalist and Olympic track star from South Africa, who was convicted of culpable homicide — a charge equivalent to manslaughter in the U.S. — in the 2013 shooting death of model Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend at the time, will leave prison for house arrest next Tuesday. Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” during his running days, because of the prosthetic blades used to replace his amputated legs that he ran on, was supposed to be released from prison in August, however several delays, largely due to protests from women’s groups and Steenkamp’s family, pushed the date back by almost two months. But Pistorius’ family pushed back and urged for the delay of his release to be ended, arguing that his celebrity and political motives were preventing him from being treated “like any other prisoner.” When a verdict in the Pistorius case was reached last year, women’s groups protested what was perceived as a light sentence and pointed to his history of alleged intimidation of Steenkamp as a sign that the world does “not take violence seriously.” Denise Brown, the sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, declared Pistorius “another O.J.” in an essay for TIME. Pistorius maintained that he fatally shot Steenkamp, who was locked in the couple’s bathroom, because he thought a home invader had broken in. He was given an early release for good behavior.
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