Oscar Pistorius Sentenced for five years in Prison – Oscar Prstorius has been sentenced to five years in prison today, for the death of Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend. The south African athlete was sentenced at Pretoria Court for the killing of his girlfriend Ms Steenkamp, after being cleared of murder but convicted of culpable homicide.In her sentencing, Judge Masipa ruled a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong sentence to the community, but a long sentence would not be appropriate because it would appear to lack mercy.
Referring to the Steenkamp family, the judge said that: “Nothing I do or say today can reverse what happen to the deceased or her family on 14 February 2013”, but she hopes her judgment would provide some form of closure.
Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model, died almost instantly on Valentine’s Day last year when Pistorius shot her three times through a locked toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home. He insisted he thought he was firing at an intruder.
The athlete maintained that he fired in the mistaken belief an intruder was hiding behind the door, a defense that struck a chord in a country with one of the world’s highest rates of violent crime.