Ex-Olympian, Convicted Murderer Released on $688 Bail

Oscar PistoriusIn the 2012 Summer Olympics, Oscar Pistorius rose to fame for being the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympic games. Less than one year later, he became known for being convicted of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He was sentenced to 5 years of a combination of prison and house arrest. Earlier this month, his sentence was appealed, and he was convicted of murder. He has since been released after posting a $688 bail bond.

During his previous trial, Pistorius had been deemed a flight risk and was held on a nearly $113,000 bond. But after agreeing to await trial in his home, his bail for the murder conviction was a mere $688. While bail in South Africa follows a different course than in America, a judge is responsible for setting bail in both countries.

In America, the bail amount is determined by many factors related to the case. The person’s previous history with the law, prior convictions, nature of the crime, presence of a weapon, and even location of the crime can all influence the amount of a bail bond.

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