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‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius paroled 10 years after killing girlfriend on Valentine’s Day – Magazine Creations

Former South African track and field star Oscar Pistorius has been granted parole, more than 10 years after murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The 37-year-old Olympian, who earned the nickname “Blade Runner” for the futuristic carbon fiber prosthetics he used for racing, was jailed for 13 years and five months after being convicted of the early-morning murder of the reality TV star. Valentine’s Day, 2013.

On Friday, the Department of Corrections in South Africa granted him conditional discharge, effective January 5. He will be subject to conditions, including not leaving the Pretoria area where he is to live without permission from the authorities.

Pistorius will also attend a program to deal with his anger issues and must perform community service. Pistorius’ parole terms will run for five years, the Department of Corrections said. Serious offenders in South Africa must serve at least half their sentence to be eligible for parole, which Pistorius has done.

Oscar Pistorius cries in court in 2014 during his trial. Pistorius was granted parole on Friday, more than 10 years after he killed his girlfriend. (Phill Magakoe/Reuters)

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Pistorius testified at his murder trial that he killed Steenkamp by mistake, thinking she was a dangerous intruder hiding in his bathroom in the middle of the night, when he fired four times through the door with his licensed 9mm pistol.

Prosecutors argued that Steenkamp, ​​29, had taken refuge in the toilet cubicle during a late-night argument and Pistorius killed her in a rage.

Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide – a charge comparable to manslaughter – for killing Steenkamp. That conviction was overturned and he was convicted of murder on appeal by prosecutors. They also appealed against the original sentence of six years for murder, and Pistorius was eventually sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison.

Reeva Steenkamp is celebrating her last birthday

A combination of photos showing Reeva Steenkamp celebrating her last birthday on August 12, 2012 and, right, a relative holding a funeral program six days after Oscar Pistorius shot her to death on February 14, 2013. (Stephanie Makhlouf/Alexander Joe both via Getty)

The disabled athlete, the first to compete against able-bodied men, was once hailed as the most inspirational figure in sport.

But that image was shattered when he fired four shots into a bathroom counter at his Pretoria home in a luxury gated community, killing Steenkamp, ​​his girlfriend of three months.

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Pistorius was born in Johannesburg, South Africa with a birth defect that left him without a fibula in either of his lower limbs.

His legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old — but his mother taught him that his disability was no excuse and encouraged him to participate in sports.

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius pose together on January 13, 2013

A photo of Steenkamp with Pistorius on 13 January 2013, left, and a portrait of Steenkamp, ​​right. Pistorius fired four shots into a bathroom counter at his home, killing Steenkamp, ​​his girlfriend of three months. He was released on parole on Friday. (Waldo Swiegers/Mike Holmes both via Getty)

After getting his first carbon fiber prosthesis, Pistorius competed at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and won gold in the 200m. He soon became the most famous disabled athlete in the world.

At the 2008 Paralympics, Pistorius won gold in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, setting world records in all three events.

Oscar Pistorius walks on his stumps during a commutation argument by his defense lawyer Barry Roux at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. An appeals court found Pistorius guilty of murder and no lesser charge for culpable homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.  (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool via AP)

Oscar Pistorius walks on his stumps during a commutation argument by his defense lawyer Barry Roux at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Pistorius was given parole on Friday, more than 10 years after the murder of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool via AP)

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He also began competing against non-disabled athletes, but many critics complained that his carbon fiber blades gave him an unfair advantage.

At the peak of Pistorius’ career, he competed in the London 2012 Olympic Gameshe became the first amputee to run in an Olympic track and field event and was chosen to carry the flag for South Africa at the closing ceremony.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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