Former Olympic star Oscar Pistorius denied parole 10 years after killing girlfriend, can reapply in 2024
Former South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was reportedly denied parole Friday.
Pistorius, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013, was eligible for parole after serving half of his 13-year sentence. An attorney for Steenkamp's family, Tania Koen, told reporters Friday that Pistorius' parole was denied and that he will be able to reapply for parole in 2024. Koen said they did not know the reason for the denial, according to Sky News.
Pistorius, a double-amputee nicknamed "Blade Runner" who drew fame for his Olympic and Paralympic appearances, shot Steenkamp multiple times through a bathroom door in his home.
A model and law school graduate, Steenkamp was 29 years old.
Pistorius, now 36, claimed he shot her with his licensed pistol by mistake, thinking she was a threatening intruder.
He was initially convicted of manslaughter in 2014 and sentenced to five years in prison at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre in Pretoria. A year later, the conviction was overturned by a higher court and amended to murder, which increased his sentence to six years.
In 2017, the prosecution successfully appealed the amended sentence and it was increased to 13 years and five months. According to South Africa's news24, that sentence was amended last month to account for time served.
Pistorius was last up for parole in 2021, but his request was denied. Pistorius needed to have met with Steenkamps' family, as South Africa incorporates the concept of "restorative justice" in its legal system.
Reeva's parents, Barry and June Steenkamp, have since met with Pistorius and do not fully support his release.
"Only Oscar knows the true story," Barry Steenkamp told GMB last month. "All June and I wanted to know was the truth, what we feel was the truth: that he actually killed her because of anger."