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Oscar Pistorius' Early Release Blocked By South African Justice Minister

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Oscar Pistorius, the once-celebrated Olympian who fell form grace after shooting his girlfriend to death in 2013, won’t be getting out of prison anytime soon. Although it was possible he would be released from prison on Aug. 21, South Africa's Justice Minister Michael Masutha has decided that it would be premature. 

Pistorius served 10 months of his five-year sentence, BBC reported. Had he been released from prison, he would have been under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.

"One sixth of a five year sentence is 10 months and at the time the decision was made Mr. Pistorius had served only over six months of his sentence," Masutha said in a statement. Under South African law, Pistorius is now eligible for release, having served one-sixth of his sentence — 10 months. He was considered and approved for release after eight months in prison, USA Today reported.

“It is apparent therefore that the decision to release him on 21 August 2015 was made prematurely on 5 June 2015 when the offender was not eligible to be considered at all,” the justice department said in a statement.

The possibility of a delayed release is not the end of Pistorius’ legal troubles. This week, prosecutors filed documents requesting that his manslaughter conviction be converted to murder, meaning he would face a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Sources: BBC, USA Today / Photo credit: Jim Thurston/Flickr

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