Oscar Pistorious Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For The Death Of Reeva Steenkamp
Last month, Oscar Pistorious was found not guilty on premeditated murder charges brought against him for the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Olympic athlete was, however, convicted of culpable homicide.
Earlier today, the troubled athlete finally received sentencing for his crimes. According to BBC News, Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorious to five years for culpable homicide and a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge, which according TMZ, was unrelated to Steenkamp’s shooting. His defense team believe that he will only wind up serving 10 months of that five-year sentence.
Surprisingly, Steenkamp’s parents told reporters that they’re happy with his sentence and relieved that the trial is over. Pistorious is said to have wiped his eyes in the courtroom before being led away; however, other than that he showed very little emotion after being sentenced.
“We accept the judgment. Oscar will embrace the opportunity to pay back to society.” said his uncle, Arnold.
He went on to ask the media to “accept the ruling of court and let us move forward in this process and give us some degree of dignity and privacy.” Judge Masipa expressed that she found her sentence to be “fair and just, both to society and to the accused.”
“A non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community,” she said. “On the other hand, a long sentence would also not be appropriate either, as it would lack the element of mercy.”
Judge Masipa went on to say that while she realizes putting Pistorious behind bars won’t bring Steenkamp back, “hopefully, this judgment on sentence shall provide some sort of closure for the family.”
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