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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pistorius receives five-year prison term for shooting death of girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Judge Thokozile Masipa announced today. Masipa also handed down a suspended sentence of three years for a weapons charge.
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The prosecution had been seeking a sentence of ten years for the South African athlete known as the Blade Runner. After a six month trial he was acquitted last month of  premeditated murder but was convicted of the lesser charge of culpable homicide. The conviction carried a maximum sentence of 15 yrs and a minimum of probation, giving the Judge a wide range of options. After following this trial for its duration, the sense this man basically got away with cold blooded murder hangs heavy over my own opinion of the outcome considering he could be eligible for house arrest after serving as little as ten months in jail.