Oscar Pistorius is headed to prison. Three and a half years after he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the Paralympian has been sentenced to six years behind bars in a judge’s latest ruling, avoiding the minimum sentence for murder in South Africa, which is 15 years.
The sentencing for Oscar Pistorius, 29, has been finalized. It’s been seven months since the Supreme Court of Appeals overturned “The Blade Runner’s” lesser conviction of culpable homicide and found him guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and now, Judge Thokozile Masipa has determined he will spend six years in prison as punishment. Will Oscar appeal?
Oscar shot and killed Reeva on Valentine’s Day 2013 at his home in South Africa, and has since maintained that it was all an accident, as he mistook her for an intruder. He was originally convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years behind bars in Oct. 2014, but spent only a year of that time in prison.
The 29-year-old was then put on house arrest, but in Dec. 2015, a higher court overturned the original ruling, stating that the culpable homicide ruling was “fundamentally flawed,” because Oscar should have known that firing shots would’ve killed whoever he thought was coming through the door.
Even though the minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, Judge Masipa decided to go with a shorter sentence for Oscar because she believes he’s a “fallen hero” who is “genuinely remorseful” over the situation. At the Paralympian’s sentencing hearing in June, the defense held strong to its argument that the shooting was an accident, and that Oscar was simply trying to protect someone he loved.
But since he is serving at least nine years less than expected, his team has decided not to appeal the case. However, the prosecution has not revealed whether or not they will attempt to fight for more prison time.
HollywoodLifers, do you agree with the judge’s ruling for Oscar?