S. African Paralympian Pistorius Moved From Prison to House Arrest
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 8:46
South African Paralympics champion Oscar Pistorius was freed from prison Monday night and will spend the rest of his sentence for killing his girlfriend under house arrest.
Pistorius was supposed to have been released Tuesday, but it was moved up one day to avoid a media circus.
Federal prison department spokesman Manelisi Wolela said the early release was "carried out in the best interest of all parties concerned: the victims, the offender, and the Department of Correction Services."
The 28-year-old Pistorius had served less than one year of his five-year term behind bars. Under South African law, people sentenced to five years or less are eligible to leave prison after serving one-sixth of their terms.