Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison following a culpable homicide guilty verdict in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013 at his Silverwoods Country Estate home in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. Google+

Oscar_PistoriusOscar Pistorius opened fire, shooting four times through a closed bathroom door behind which Reeva Steenkamp was.

In the wake of the shooting, Oscar Pistorius claimed to have mistook Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder and went on to say he believed he had left he in bed when he went to shoot at what he believed was an intruder in his bathroom.

The Trial of Oscar Pistorius began on March 3, 2014 at the North Gauteng High Court.

The state pursued the charges of murder/ or premeditated murder but Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty by Judge Thokozile Masipa at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on September 11, 2014.

On September 12, 2014 Judge Thokozile Masipa found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide and for discharging a gun in a public place.

On Monday October 13, 2014 the sentencing proceeding began and lasted for 5 days; during this period, the defense made arguments in favour of not sending Oscar Pistorius to prison citing his disability as a vulnerability in prison.

On Friday October 17, 2014 Gerrie Nel for the prosecution concluded by telling the court that the minimum sentence the state expected was 10 years.

On Tuesday October 21, 2014 Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison for the culpable homicide in the death of Reeva Steenkamp.

He was also sentenced to 3 years in prison for discharging a gun in a public place, that 3 years in prison was suspended for 5 years.

Both sentences will be served concurrently.

Pistorius will serve his sentence at Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, Gauteng.

Shorty after the sentence was handed down, Oscar Pistorius was taking to the holding cell at the North Gauteng High Court.

He was transported in the South African Police Service (SAPS) Nyala armored vehicle to Kgosi Mampuru II prison.

Upon arrival, Oscar Pistorius had his fingerprints taken, searched and had his details captured and a prisoner number generated.

He is currently being held in the hospital wing of the prison.


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