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Murderer Pistorius May Get Parole

FILE - Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius appears for sentencing for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court, South Africa. Taken Jun. 14, 2016.

South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, who killed his girlfriend 10 years ago, will know in about a month whether he will be released on parole, his lawyer said Thursday.

"We have been advised by the parole board that (the) hearing will take place on the 31st of March, 2023," his lawyer Julian Knight told AFP. "It's an internal process."

Pistorius, 36, shot dead Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the bathroom door of his ultra-secure Pretoria house.

He pleaded not guilty and denied that he killed Steenkamp in a rage, saying he mistook her for a burglar.

Pistorius, known worldwide as the "Blade Runner" because of his carbon-fibre prosthetics, was initially sentenced to six years in jail but the sentence was later lengthened to 13 after the state appealed that it was unduly lenient.

Offenders in South Africa are automatically eligible for parole consideration after serving half of their sentence. Pistorius has served more than half.

A decision is usually known the same day of the parole hearing or a day later, and "if the decision is negative, the offender has the right to approach the courts for review," said Knight.

A year before killing Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at the Olympics at the London 2012 games.