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Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Oscar Pistorious
Posted at 4:58 AM, Oct 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-21 04:58:00-04

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling on Tuesday after reviewing prosecution arguments for a tough sentence as well as the defense case for a more lenient punishment for the double-amputee Olympic runner.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, shooting her through a closed toilet door in his home. Pistorius testified that the shooting was an accident after mistaking his girlfriend for a nighttime intruder.

Masipa convicted him of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, but acquitted him of murder.