AP—Pretoria Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee who became a global star sprinting on carbon-fiber blades, was released from prison on Friday after nearly nine years for killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
Department of Corrections spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told The Associated Press that Pistorius, 37, quietly departed the Atteridgeville Correctional Center in Pretoria
and was processed at a parole office before being released to his family No other specifics were provided by Nxumalo, who called Pistorius' release a “operation” to minimize media chaos.
After shooting Steenkamp at his home on Valentine's Day 2013, Pistorius served nearly nine years of his 13-year, 5-month murder sentence. In November, he received parole after serving half his sentence.
Pistorius will be on parole until December 2029, with a media restriction. While serving his seven-month trial in 2014, he lived at his uncle's property in Waterkloof, an upmarket Pretoria neighborhood.
That residence had a police van and an officer walking out Friday. The officer declined media questions. In front of the residence were three black private security trucks.
After their father left, Arnold and Lois Pistorius raised Pistorius, his brother, and sister. Teenager Pistorius lost his mother. Arnold Pistorius and his sister Aimee drove out.
Despite corrections officials' warning that he wouldn't be “paraded” for the cameras upon his release, a few dozen reporters, photographers, and TV cameras camped outside the prison to see him leave during Pistorius' trial.