Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for girlfriend’s murder

July 6, 2016 8:40 AM

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Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for girlfriend’s murder

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee who dazzled the world by running in the 2012 Olympics on blade-like prosthetic legs, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Fifteen years is the minimum sentence for murder under South African law unless the judge finds mitigating circumstances justifying a lesser penalty. Judge Thokozile Masipa said she had indeed found reason for a lighter sentence, including demonstrations of remorse by Pistorius and successful partic...

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