Following the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in Feb. 2013, Oscar Pistorius has finally been sentenced to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide.
A year and a half after her death, justice is being served in the tragic, untimely death of Reeva Steenkamp, 29. Oscar Pistorius, 27, while found innocent of her murder, was found guilty of culpable homicide. He was sentenced on Oct. 21 to five years in prison.
Oscar Pistorius Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Death Of Reeva Steenkamp
Under South African law, “culpable homicide” means that “a person was killed unintentionally, but unlawfully,” reports CNN. It was the defense’s claim that Oscar shot Reeva because he thought she was an intruder in his home despite his admission that he had spoken to her moments prior.
After serving one-sixth of his sentence (10 months), Oscar’s legal team may request that he be placed under “correctional supervision.” In Oscar’s case, this likely means house arrest.
Oscar was also handed a three-year sentence for reckless endangerment in the use of his firearm; however, the sentence was suspended for five years “on condition he’s not found guilty of another crime where there’s negligence involving a firearm during that period.” That charge had nothing to do with Reeva’s death, but was in reference to the time Oscar shot his handgun under the table of a busy restaurant one month before Reeva’s shooting death.
Reeva Steenkamp’s Family Are ‘Satisfied That Justice Has Been Done’
“The [Steenkamp] family is satisfied. They are glad that it is over and are satisfied that justice has been done,” the Steenkamp family lawyer, Dup De Bruyn, revealed in a statement to CNN.
“Oscar will embrace this opportunity to pay back to society,” said Oscar’s uncle, Arnold Pistorius, to CNN. “As an uncle, I hope Oscar will start his own healing process as he walks down the path of restoration. As a family, we are ready to support and guide Oscar as he serves his sentence.”
Oscar will continue to be treated for his mental health problems while in prison; his physical disability was ruled a surmountable challenge while in prison.
HollywoodLifers, was Oscar’s sentence fair? Should he have been given more or less time? Let us know what you think.
— Amanda Mitchell