Pistorius at uncle's mansion after being released from jail

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was with his family at his uncle's mansion Tuesday after the Olympic athlete who killed his girlfriend was released from prison under cover of darkness and moved to house arrest a day earlier than expected.

"Oscar is here, and Oscar is at home with the family," said Anneliese Burgess, the spokeswoman for the Pistorius family, addressing dozens of reporters outside Arnold Pistorius' home in Waterkloof, an upmarket suburb of South Africa's capital Pretoria.

"The family is happy that Oscar is at home," Burgess said.

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Pistorius, the double-amputee runner who fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, was moved from a central Pretoria jail on Monday night when he had been expected to be released on Tuesday.

He left the jail at 7:30 p.m. local time, the Department of Corrections said, and appears to have slipped unnoticed by media into the three-story, red-bricked home that stands behind ornate black gates.

The murder trial of Pistorius generated intense international interest. The surprising decision to release Pistorius a day early, and at night, appeared to have avoided the spectacle and logistical challenges caused by a large gathering of TV crews and other journalists hoping to catch a glimpse of Pistorius on the way out of prison, nearly a year to the day after he was sent to jail.

Pistorius has served a year of a five-year sentence for manslaughter for killing Steenkamp. Under South African law, he is eligible to serve the remainder under correctional supervision, a form of house arrest.

The decision to release the 28-year-old Pistorius early was only communicated to his family at short-notice, Burgess said. Confirming Pistorius' release, South Africa's Department of Corrections said that the decision over when and how an offender is released is made by the prison.

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BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on October 15, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but convicted him of culpable homicide. Today, Sentencing continues today. (Photo by Antoine de Ras/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Pretoria High Court on October 15, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Oscar Pistorius not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing continues today. (Photo by Deaan Vivier/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Aimee Pistorius (L) and Carl Pistorius (R), Oscar Pistorius' brother and sister, arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 15, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Arnold Pistorius, the uncle of Oscar Pistorius, arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 15, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Barry Steenkamp arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 15, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar Pistorius, arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 15, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 14 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius talks to his defence team in the Pretoria High Court for sentencing in his murder trial on October 14, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing continues today. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 14 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius hugs his brother Carl Pistorius as he arrives in the Pretoria High Court for sentencing in his murder trial on October 14, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing continues today. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius gestures at the High Court in Pretoria on October 14, 2014, during his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / Themba Hadebe (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 14: News broadcasters report from outside North Gauteng High Court on October 14, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius looks down while his phycologist gives evidences during his sentencing hearing at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 13:  Oscar Pistorius arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 13, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 13:  Oscar Pistorius arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 13, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 13:  Oscar Pistorius arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 13, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (R) looks on while listening to one of his defence lawyers at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (R) talks to one of his defence lawyers at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Oscar Pistorius eanters the North Gauteng High Court on September 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today 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. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius outside the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year. Judge Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu//Gallo Image/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves the High Court in Pretoria on September 12, 2014 after the verdict was handed down in his murder trial where he was found guilty of culpable homicide. Oscar Pistorius was on found guilty of culpable homicide on September 12 and faced a potential lengthy jail term for shooting dead his glamorous girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, in a case that shattered the Paralympian hero's glittering career. Pistorius was acquitted of a more serious charge of murder, but South African Judge Thokozile Masipa said that he had acted 'negligently' in killing the blonde law graduate, named as one of the world's 100 sexiest women. AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Advocate Barry Roux speaks to the media outside the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year. Judge Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu//Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Henke Pistorius outside the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year. Judge Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu//Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year. Judge Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu//Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Kim Ludbrook/ - Pool/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius's father Henke Pistorius kisses the hand of his daughter Aimee Pistorius while part of the judgment is handed down in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius's laywer Barry Roux sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Members of the public try to get a glimpse of Oscar Pistorius outside North Gauteng High Court on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Members of the public try to get a glimpse of Oscar Pistorius outside North Gauteng High Court on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Members of the public try to get a glimpse of Oscar Pistorius outside North Gauteng High Court on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Aimee Pistorius, the sister of Oscar Pistorius, leaves North Gauteng High Court for a lunch break on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Aimee Pistorius, the sister of Oscar Pistorius, leaves North Gauteng High Court for a lunch break on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Lois Pistorius and Arnold Pistorius, the aunt and uncle of Oscar Pistorius, leave North Gauteng High Court during the lunch break as Judge Thokozile Masipa considers her verdict on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Barry Roux, the lawyer of Oscar Pistorius leaves North Gauteng High Court during the break for lunch on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius's family sit in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Kim Ludbrook - Pool/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Reeva Steenkamp's mother June Steenkamp and uncle Michael Steenkamp sit in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Kim Ludbrook - Pool/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Kim Ludbrook/ - Pool/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Reeva Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 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 has began delivering her verdict. (Photo by Phill Magakoe/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: udge Thokozile Masipa reads her verdict in the murder trial of paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 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 has began delivering her verdict. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Reeva Steenkamp's parents June and Barry Steenkamp sit in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Kim Ludbrook - Pool/I/EPA/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius stands in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Kim Ludbrook - Pool/I/EPA/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Kim Ludbrook - Pool/I/EPA/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Kim Ludbrook - Pool/I/EPA/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Judge Thokozile Masipa sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. 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 Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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"The handling of the actual placement is an operational matter of the local management, and how they handle it is their prerogative that is carried out in the best interest of all parties concerned," Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for the corrections department, said in a cellphone text message.

Burgess was surrounded by reporters and camera crews — many of whom had camped out at the house overnight — when reading a prepared statement outside Arnold Pistorius' house on Tuesday morning. Pistorius will be under house arrest at the grand home with lush, landscaped gardens and a large, cross-shaped swimming pool. Many ambassadorial residences line the street.

Apparently responding to criticism that Pistorius' release after just a year in prison was too lenient, Burgess said Pistorius' sentence "has not been shortened or reduced."

"He now enters the next phase of his sentence. He will serve this under the strict conditions that govern correctional supervision," she said.

Under South African law, an offender sentenced to five years or less in jail can be released to correctional supervision after serving one-sixth of the term — in Pistorius' case 10 months.

The full conditions under which Pistorius must live for the next four years have not been released by the corrections department and Burgess would not detail them on Tuesday. Only two conditions for Pistorius' house arrest were previously made public: Pistorius must continue to undergo psychotherapy while under house arrest and he is not allowed to handle any firearms.

Typically, offenders under correctional supervision can only leave their home for specific reasons, like to attend church or to do grocery shopping. They generally cannot leave the house at night. Pistorius will not be required to wear an electronic tagging device.

Pistorius would "strictly adhere to" the conditions of his release, Burgess said, and his family would "support him."

Pistorius was acquitted of murder last year for the Valentine's Day shooting death of Steenkamp, but prosecutors have appealed the trial verdict of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, and will seek a murder conviction again at South Africa's Supreme Court on Nov. 3.

If Pistorius is convicted of murder by a panel of five judges at the appeal, he faces going back to prison for 15 years, the minimum sentence for murder in South Africa, which no longer has the death penalty.

Pistorius has maintained that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder in his Pretoria home and killed her by mistake. Prosecutors said he shot her intentionally during an argument after she fled to a bathroom stall.

Following a suggestion by South Africa's minister of justice that Pistorius should meet with the parents of his slain girlfriend, Tania Koen, the lawyer for Steenkamp's parents, said they would be open to that.

However, "the timing would have to be right," Koen told the AP. The proper time would be after Pistorius' case is heard by the Supreme Court, Koen said, and "he (Pistorius) would have to initiate it."

On the day she was killed by Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp was due to give a speech on domestic abuse at a school. Her mother will on Wednesday deliver that same speech at a school in the Steenkamps' home town of Port Elizabeth, Koen said.

Pistorius, known as "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fiber running blades, gained worldwide fame when he ran against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 London Olympics, the first amputee runner to compete at the games.

Wolela, the correctional services department spokesman, had previously not ruled out ultimately allowing Pistorius to return to training, although it's unclear if Pistorius has the desire to revive his once-inspiring athletics career.

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