Parole board to recommend Oscar Pistorius be released in August

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A parole board is set to recommend that the disgraced athlete Oscar Pistorius, convicted in the killing of his girlfriend, be released from prison in August, South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services told CNN on Monday.

Pistorius, 28, was sentenced in October 2014 to five years in prison for culpable homicide in the killing of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day, 2013. Culpable homicide means a person was killed unintentionally, but unlawfully.

Pistorius acknowledged firing shots through the bathroom door in his home, but said he thought there was an intruder behind the door rather than his girlfriend.

By Don Melvin