Oscar Pistorius Getting Off Too Easy?

Tuesday, October 20th 2015, 2:27 pm
By: News 9

"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius is out of prison in South Africa and will serve the rest of his five-year sentence for the manslaughter death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, under house arrest. But Steenkamp's family opposed the early release, saying a year behind bars was simply not enough punishment for taking a life, reports CBS News correspondent Debora Patta.

Just one day short of a year behind bars, Pistorius was secretly whisked out of jail Monday night and taken to his uncle's plush Pretoria home.

There was no sign of Pistorius but family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess briefly addressed the media, saying "It is important for the family that it be emphasized that Oscar's sentence has not been shortened or reduced. He now enters the next phase of his sentence."

Pistorius's trial was an emotional roller coaster where he constantly broke down retching as he stumbled his way through his testimony.

He shot his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp four times behind a locked bathroom door, saying he thought she was an intruder. The court accepted this and found him guilty of manslaughter, not murder and sentenced him to five years behind bars.

There were no gang-ridden cell blocks for Pistorius during his jail term. He was even filmed playing football on one occasion.

Now he will leave his uncle's luxury mansion to report regularly to a police station.

"He will be under house arrest which is a form of detention where his movements will be monitored, but he will be gradually integrated into the community - he will be allowed to get employment, whatever that may be," said Dadic.

Jenny Strydom, a friend of the Steenkamp family, said Pistorius was serving a "five star" sentence. "I mean, house arrest, I don't know what all his conditions are but, you know, if you've got a job and the job is running, he's not in an office. He's training, all day. So he could be out all day, running, training," said Strydom.

But there is still another hurdle for Pistorius. The prosecution is appealing his conviction next month, and want it changed to murder. If successful, Pistorius could go back to jail.

"They don't want to avenge Reeva's death, nothing will bring Reeva back," said Tania Koen, lawyer for the Steenkamp family. "They don't mean Oscar any harm, even though they do feel that justice must be served. If you've committed a crime, you must pay the punishment for the crime."