Oscar Pistorius Sentenced To Five Years In Prison – WATCH VIDEO
Oscar Pistorius, who had been found guilty of culpable homicide (the equivalent to manslaughter) in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was sentenced early Tuesday morning in Pretoria, South Africa to five years behind bars.
He could be eligible, however, for a conditional release after one-sixth of his sentence, meaning he could go free after 10 months.
Judge Thokozile Masipa prefaced the sentencing by saying the decision as to whether to imprison Pistorius or not would be “mine and mine alone.” She also noted sentencing was about “achieving the right balance,” and pointed out that it was not an exact science, but rather based on several factors, including the severity of the crime, the threat of Pistorius to society, and societal venegance versus rehabilitation.
Masipa felt that the South African penal system couldn’t adequately handle Pistorius’ disability. She also took into account that he was a first-time offender. Still, Masipa noted Steenkamp was young, with a bright future ahead of her. The judge also expressed hope that the sentence would bring “closure” to the victim’s family.
For the most part throughout the hour-long sentencing, attended by Steenkamp’s family, Pistroius sat motionless.
Pistorius faced a maximum of 15 years in prison. The prosecution, however, asked for a minimum of 10 years behind bars, while the defense petitioned for house arrest and community service.
You’ll recall, in September Pistorius escaped the more serious charge of murder.
A double-amputee sprinter who made history by competing in the 2012 Olympics, Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp in their bathroom in the early morning hours of February 14, 2013. He claimed it was an accident, and that he believed he was firing at a burglar.
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