Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius will not be released from a South African prison this Friday as expected. The famed double amputee former Olympic sprinter was set to be released on home confinement on Friday.
His release was delayed by the South African Justice Department after prosecutors filed an appeal this week, saying Pistorius should have been convicted of murder, not manslaughter.
Late last year, Pistorius, 28, was convicted of a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
A former inmate of the notoriously violent prison told MSNBC the man dubbed the “Blade Runner” for his custom prosthetic legs received special treatment in the prison.
He said Pistorius is paranoid and fears being poisoned in the prison, where inmates are routinely carried out in body bags.
Pistorius lives in total isolation in a tiny, windowless 6×8 ft. cell in the prison’s hospital wing. He breathes fresh air for one hour a day before he returns to his cell.