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Oscar Pistorius released from prison, put under house arrest

Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as

Oscar Pistorius is escorted by police officers as he leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Oct. 17, 2014. Pistorius was released from jail Oct. 20, 2015 and is under house arrest. Photo Credit: AP

JOHANNESBURG - A South African official says Oscar Pistorius has been released from prison and placed under house arrest.

Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for South Africa's correctional services department, said the double-amputee Olympic runner who fatally shot his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013 was put under "correctional supervision" on Monday night.

He confirmed Pistorius' release from a prison in Pretoria, the South African capital, in a cellphone text message sent to The Associated Press.

A parole board at the prison where Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter made the decision for the runner to be put under house arrest. It came after an initial ruling to release the athlete from prison in August was canceled at the last minute after intervention by the justice minister.

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