Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee track star who was in prison for culpable homicide in September after the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is anticipated to become freed from a South African prison on Friday, CNN reports. He’ll enter house arrest after his release.
In October, Pistorious was sentenced to five years in prison on the culpable-homicide verdict, roughly the South African equal to manslaughter. His stay in prison will probably be brief, though, because of the overcrowded nature of South Africa’s prisons, CNN reports, adding that such an early release is hardly unusual in the country.
Based on CNN’s reports, Pistorius will serve out his sentence at his uncle’s house in an affluent Pretoria suburb and definitely will undergo numerous requirements, including “Electronic monitoring, community service, required employment and no alcohol, drugs or firearms”
But his release from prison does not always mean Pistorius’s legal issues are gone. On Monday, prosecutors will submit their written arguments in their try and persuade an appeals court to overturn Judge Thokozile Masipa’s ruling. Prosecutors allege that Pistorius should have been located guilty of murder rather than the lesser charge of culpable homicide knowing that Masipa erred in her interpretation of South African law.
The appeals hearing gets underway in November. If your appeals court sides using the prosecutors, Pistorius faces a significantly long prison sentence. – Washington post
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