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Oscar Pistorius Released

Will serve remainder of sentence under house arrest

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius has been released from prison and is now under house arrest, CNN reports. The Olympic runner had been in prison in South Africa since October of last year; he was sentenced to five years for culpable homicide in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. But... More »

Pistorius Will Be Out in 5 Days

He'll serve 4 years of house arrest, says parole board

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius will leave prison after serving about a year for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South African parole board has ruled that the athlete should be moved to house arrest on Tuesday, reports the BBC . Sentenced to five years for culpable homicide, or manslaughter, Pistorius was... More »

Early Release for Pistorius Blocked

South Africa justice minister says decision to let him out was 'premature'

(Newser) - Looks like Oscar Pistorius may have a slight delay before he gets to chillax in mansion prison . The Paralympian's early release tomorrow has been blocked by Michael Masutha, South Africa's justice minister, who says that while the country's law dictates releasing inmates after they've served one-sixth... More »

Next Stop for Pistorius: 'Mansion Arrest'

He moves from prison to uncle's house this week

(Newser) - After serving 10 months of a five-year sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius is about to start doing time in his uncle Arnold's house, which Reuters reports has "more than a dozen bedrooms, a private gym, outdoor swimming pool, and landscaped garden." Prisons are overcrowded... More »

Pistorius Will Likely Walk Free After 10 Months

Paralympian expected to be let out Aug. 21 for 'good behavior'

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius is "so desperate to get his life back on track" that he already has a plan to work with disadvantaged youth when he gets out of prison, the Daily Mirror reports. Which could be soon: The South African commissioner of correctional services says the Paralympian will likely... More »

Prosecution Will Seek Pistorius Murder Conviction

Judge allows appeal of verdict but not sentence

(Newser) - South African prosecutors can appeal Oscar Pistorius' acquittal on murder charges for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a judge ruled today. Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the ruling in a Pretoria court, saying she was satisfied that chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel had raised "questions of law" that should be reviewed by... More »

Prosecutors to Appeal Pistorius Verdict, Sentence

Athlete began serving 5-year sentence Oct. 21

(Newser) - South African prosecutors say they will appeal Oscar Pistorius' verdict and five-year sentence . Prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube said today that the next step is to file papers in court, which will happen in the next few days. The decision by South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority could see Pistorius face... More »

Reeva's Mom: Pistorius Never Slept With My Girl

June Steenkamp says daughter planned to leave him that night

(Newser) - Reeva Steenkamp's mother says the 29-year-old South African model "was scared to take the relationship to the next level" with Oscar Pistorius, so she never slept with the man who eventually killed her, the Sunday Times reports via the New York Daily News and the BBC . In the... More »

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years

Judge hands down prison term for culpable homicide

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius was sentenced today to five years in prison for killing Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the "gross negligence" the runner showed when he shot his girlfriend multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home. Legal experts say Pistorius could be released... More »

Where Pistorius Will Go If He Goes to Jail

Double-amputee will do his time in hospital wing of 'tough' South African prison

(Newser) - During the fourth day of his sentencing hearing today, Oscar Pistorius heard more details about where he'll end up if he gets jail time for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp: the hospital section of "one of South Africa's toughest prisons," Reuters reports. Pretoria Central Prison—which has... More »

Next for 'Broken' Oscar Pistorius: Sentencing

Witnesses testify in latest hearings

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of negligent killing—comparable to manslaughter, the New York Times notes—but the case isn't over: The next step is sentencing hearings, and they could last at least a week, the Times reports. With Pistorius facing anything from a fine to 15 years... More »

Pistorius Can Compete in Olympics, Is Writing Book

Well, he can compete as long as he's not in jail

(Newser) - Things are really looking up for Oscar Pistorius: Now that he's been been found guilty only of culpable homicide , not murder , in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the South African Olympic committee says he can still represent the country in the Games, so long as doing so... More »

Pistorius Guilty of Culpable Homicide

Sentence for negligent killing is at judge's discretion

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the AP reports. South African Judge Thokozile Masipa found the athlete not guilty of murder or premeditated murder . Sentencing will begin Oct. 13, reports CNN , which says a typical sentence for... More »

Judge: Pistorius Not Guilty of Murder Charges

Judge rejects those charges, could find him guilty of culpable homicide

(Newser) - The judge in Oscar Pistorius' trial will not find him guilty of murder, but he could still be found guilty of lesser charges, including culpable homicide—the equivalent of manslaughter. As CNN puts it, "Under South African law, Pistorius will not be found guilty of 'murder.'"... More »

Defense Likens Pistorius to Abused Wife

But because of his disability, not actual abuse; verdict next month

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius will know next month whether he's going to prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Closing arguments finished today, and Judge Thokozile Masipa said she would announce her verdict on Sept. 11, the AP reports. After prosecutor Gerrie Nel ripped into the defense's case yesterday, Pistorius' lawyer... More »

Prosecutor Rips Pistorius Case: He Meant 'to Kill'

Prosecution lays out its final arguments in the Pretoria murder trial

(Newser) - The prosecution is laying out its closing arguments in Oscar Pistorius' monthslong murder trial today, with the defense expected to wrap things up tomorrow. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, known as "the pitbull," began by ripping into Pistorius' claims that he acted in self-defense when shooting Reeva Steenkamp—who Pistorius... More »

Pistorius Gets in Nightclub Fight

Athlete, clubgoer have very different versions of the story

(Newser) - Getting into a drunken fight at a nightclub is probably pretty high on the list of Things Not to Do During Your Murder Trial, yet that's what Oscar Pistorius did on Saturday night. Pistorius' rep confirms there was an altercation, but says Pistorius was minding his own business in... More »

Oscar Pistorius' Defense Team Rests Case

After revealing some witnesses refused to testify

(Newser) - Once again, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is going on hiatus: The defense rested today, and closing arguments won't start until August 7. The last break took place so Pistorius' mental state could be evaluated ; the long delay this time around could be thanks to the fact that the... More »

Pistorius Wasn't Mentally Ill: Experts

Runner could appreciate 'wrongfulness of his act'

(Newser) - After a month-long break in the Oscar Pistorius trial for a mental health evaluation, the results are in: The South African runner wasn't mentally ill when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a panel says. The chief prosecutor read the findings, the BBC reports: Pistorius "did not suffer from... More »

Pistorius' Psych Eval: 7 Hours a Day, 30 Days

Docs look to determine whether he had anxiety disorder

(Newser) - It's confirmed: Following a judge's order , Oscar Pistorius will undergo 30 days of daily psychiatric assessment, pausing his trial until June 30. An expert team will seek to determine the athlete's condition when he killed Reeva Steenkamp, NBC News reports. Pistorius will be an outpatient at a... More »

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