Oscar Pistorius to remain in jail, referred back to parole board
The court decision to release Oscar Pistorius from prison early to serve his sentence under house arrest was canceled on Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Pistorius will be referred back to a parole board to be reconsidered for an early release but will remain in prison until early November. Prosecutors will seek to convict the Olympic sprinter for murder with an appeal to South Africa's Supreme Court on Nov. 3.
The review board considering Pistorius’ early release also believes that the double-amputee should be “subject to psychotherapy” if granted parole.
There is no timetable for when the parole board will review Pistorius for early release again. He is currently serving a culpable homicide sentence for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. He has been imprisoned for one year of his five-year sentence and was first cleared for an early release on Aug. 21 before the decision was halted by a South African justice minister on a legal technicality.
If a panel of five judges finds itself in agreement with the prosecution team, Pistorius could face a 15-year jail sentence for Steenkamp’s murder.
Pistorius is best known for becoming the first double amputee to compete at the Summer Olympic Games. He advanced to the semifinal of the men’s 400-meter run.
- Christopher Chavez