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Pistorius to be released on parole in August: family member

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Oscar Pistorius 'to Be Released in August' as Appeal Date Is Set for November


South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is set to be released from prison on parole in August after serving 10 months for culpable homicide in the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a family member said.

The Olympic and Paralympic track star is currently serving a five year prison sentence after being convicted in October following a seven-month trial.

"Oscar will be released on parole by the end of August," a Pistorius family member who did not want to be named told Reuters.

Officials at South Africa's department of correctional services were not immediately available to comment.

The release of Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated when he was a baby, was largely expected because he was sentenced under South African law to serve a short period of time in jail, or just one-sixth of the sentence.

Pistorius is being held in South Africa's capital at the Pretoria Central Prison, once the execution site for opponents of South Africa's racist, white-minority government.

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Judge Thokozile Masipa speaks during Oscar Pistorius' trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times-Pool/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius speaks with his uncle Arnold Pistorius during his trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times-Pool/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius takes his seat during his trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times-Pool/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Henke Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Advocate Barry Roux at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Reeva Steenkamp's family at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius is watched as he takes his seat during his trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius takes his seat during his trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Judge Thokozile Masipa at the Pretoria High Court at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 2: South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Jenna Edkins (L) on December 2, 2008 in South Africa. (Photo by Naranda Nell/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 22: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius poses with his girlfriend Jenna Edkins on August 22, 2008 in South Africa. (Photo by Nardus Engelbrecht Beeld/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 22: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius poses with his girlfriend Jenna Edkins on August 22, 2008 in South Africa. (Photo by Nardus Engelbrecht Beeld/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model, died almost instantly on Valentine's Day in 2013 when Pistorius shot her through a locked toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home.

Prosecutors had pushed for a murder conviction, but the athlete maintained he fired in the mistaken belief an intruder was hiding behind the door, a defense that struck home in a country with one of the world's highest rates of violent crimes.

The prosecutors won their bid to appeal the culpable homicide conviction and will seek a murder conviction when their case is heard in November.

The decision could leave Pistorius open to a prison sentence of at least 15 years if he is convicted of murder.

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