Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in jail for murder of girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp

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Judge Thokozile Masipa on Wednesday, July 6 sentenced Olympic runner and athlete, Oscar Pistorius to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

AFP reports that Pistorius was facing a possible 15-year jail term for shooting Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door at his home in 2013, but Masipa said substantial and compelling circumstances existed in the double-amputee Olympic runner’s case to give him a lesser sentence.

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp, Barry and June, were present in the courtroom, which was packed with relatives of both Pistorius and Steenkamp and other observers.

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While reading the sentence, Judge Masipa said Pistorius was a “fallen hero.” The judge ordered a recess to give prosecutors and Pistorius’ defense lawyers time to decide if either wanted to appeal the sentence.

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