Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to maximum five years imprisonment for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, without any house arrest.
Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for the Killing of Reeva Steenkamp
Convicted Oscar Pistorius.
Judge Thokozile Masipa, issuing the ruling in court in Pretoria, also gave Oscar Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge. Pistorius has been taken to the holding cells instantly, and presently being processed as a convicted felony.

The prosecution had called for a minimum 10-year sentence; the defence for community service and house arrest.

Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder.

Judge Masipa began reading the sentence by saying that, although she had been aided by assessors, the decision was hers and hers alone.

However, despite the sentencing being announced, the case may not be over. Both the prosecution and the defence have the right to appeal against the sentence within the next 14 days.

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