It was perhaps too much to hope for the maximum sentence that such a crime could carry. The man is a (inter)national hero, the judge very sympathetic to the plight of the Blade Runner, the motive remains unclear. Despite all the hullabaloo, however, South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
This comes after his initial sentence of five years for manslaughter was revoked and he was instead charged for murder.
Oscar Pistorius Sentenced. What now?
Pistorius was taken immediately to jail following the sentencing although both the defence and the prosecution can appeal the sentence.
It is my fervent hope that the prosecution rests. While it would have been satisfying to see him serve a longer sentence, I doubt that would be feasible at this point. It is unnecessary torture to drag the parents of the deceased, Barry and June Steenkamp, through any more of these court room shenanigans. Unless they ask for it, in which case, certainly push for it!
The defence will act according to their client’s wishes, but I hope he also rests. There is no doubt that he killed Reeva Steenkamp, so what would an appeal prove?
Unfortunately, his life is ruined. He might bounce back from this, but it will be difficult.
Oscar Pistorius, 29, shot Reeva Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door in February 2013.
He admitted shooting her, but said he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder and acted out of fear.
In an hour-long session, Judge Thokozile Masipa said mitigating circumstances, such as rehabilitation and remorse, outweighed aggravating factors for deviating from the prescribed 15-year sentence for murder. Well, as long as he’s sorry, right? 😐 🙄
Pistorius has already served one year in jail over his previous conviction of manslaughter.
He is legally obliged to serve half of his new sentence in prison before being eligible for parole.
Right after the session, he was transferred to Khosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.
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