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Oscar Pistorius Will Likely Leave 5 Year Prison Sentence Early: Officials

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    After serving 10 months for fatally shooting his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius could be released on Friday, officials said. 

    Some say Pistorius has had special treatment while serving most of his sentence in the jail's hospital away from the general population, NBC News Kelly Cobiella reported on "Today."

    Last October, the blade runner was sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in their home.

    "In South Africa, this case was like our O.J. Simpson trial," NBC News' legal analyst, Karen Desoto said. 

    Pistorius gained popularity in South Africa when he became the first amputee to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. A few months after the games, on Valentine's Day 2013, Pistorius shot Steenkamp through their bathroom door. During the trial, he testified that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. 

    Oscar Pistorius celebrates as he wins gold in the Men's 400m T44 Final on day 10 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 8, 2012 in London, England.
    Photo credit: Getty Images