Oscar Pistorius was on Tuesday morning sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day of last year.
While handing down the sentence, judge Thokozile Mazipa said she hoped the sentence achieved ‘the right balance’ and would bring ‘closure’ to Steenkamp’s grieving family.
Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide (or manslaughter) on , but was acquitted of murder due to failure of the prosecution to bring substantial evidence to convince the jury. The Paralympian had maintained throughout the trial that he shot his girlfriend by accident, thinking that he was shooting an intruder.
In addition to the 5 years sentencing, Pistorius was also sentenced to a suspended 3 years in prison for an unrelated firearms conviction … and he will not serve the sentence provided he doesn’t get arrested and convicted for a crime involving the use of firearms for a period of at least 5 years.
Under South African law, Pistorius can serve at least 10 months in jail and since he is a first time offender, he can ask for parole.
Video of his sentencing can be viewed below.