Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide in the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could face up to 15 years in prison.
Oscar Pistorius, 27, appeared in a South African courtroom again on September 12 and was found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29. Just one day earlier, judge Thokozile Masipa cleared the Olympic athlete of murder charges.
Oscar Pistorius Guilty Of Culpable Homicide
Oscar Pistorius had already been acquitted of the most serious charges of murder regarding the death of his girlfriend, but the “Blade Runner” was found guilty of culpable homicide on September 12.
Judge Masipa said in her ruling that Oscar killed Reeva by mistake and the prosecution failed to bring enough circumstantial evidence to support their claim of murder, New York Times reports.
The judge did not announce a sentence, and the prosecution would determine whether or not they would appeal after Oscar was sentenced, ABC News reports. The culpable homicide conviction could result in up to 15 years in prison.
The case surrounding the tragic death of Reeva has stirred up major controversy. Oscar fatally shot his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013 after believing she was an intruder.
The judge said Oscar’s sentencing hearing would start on October 13, and he will be free until then. Both sides will be able to call witnesses to argue whether or not Oscar is sent to prison, and possibly for how long, ABC News reports.
Oscar was also found guilty of a firearms charge, but was cleared on two others.
— Avery Thompson