South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was released from prison on parole on Friday after serving nearly nine years for the Valentine’s Day 2013 death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius, once an inspiration as a double amputee Olympic runner competing against able-bodied athletes, was serving a 13-year sentence at Atteridgeville Correctional Center in the South African capital, Pretoria.
Few details about his release were available, but the announcement from the state Department of Corrections came around 8:30 a.m. local time, according to the Associated Press.
Pistorius was convicted of murder in 2015 and sentenced to 13 years and five months in prison. In South Africa, serious offenders are eligible for parole after serving at least half of their sentence.
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Pistorius was granted conditional release on November 24 under several conditions, including that he not leave the Pretoria area where he is to live without permission from the authorities, the Department of Corrections said at the time.
He will also have to attend a program to deal with his anger issues and will have to do community service. His parole terms will run for five years.
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Pistorius testified at his murder trial that he accidentally killed Steenkamp, 29, 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 Pistorius killed her in a rage after she had taken refuge in a toilet cubicle during a late-night argument.
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Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter, in her death. 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.
Fox News Digital reached out to South Africa’s Department of Corrections, but had not heard back by the time of publication.
Michael Dorgan and Rebecca Rosenberg of Fox News Digital and The Associated Press contributed to this report.