Pistorius Gets Just 5 Years For Killing Girlfriend

by
Suzanne Robertson
The Olympic sprinter learns his fate today - prison.

Oscar Pistorious left the courtroom today and went straight to jail. He's beginning day one of a five year sentence he received for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. 

Some are drawing parallels between this case and another famous athlete/murder trial. 

Domestic violence has rocked the sports world lately

Pistorious, a 27-year-old double-amputee sprinter, admitted killing the model and TV presenter at his home but said it was a tragic accident. He claims he mistook her for an intruder when he opened fire on his closed bathroom door.

Pistorius was arrested and charged with murder. Following a long trial, he was acquitted but found guilty of culpable homicide.  Earlier recommendations for sentencing caused an uproar when house arrest was suggested.  A social worker who testified said, "[Prison] will not assist [Pistorius] but will break him as a person. The exposure of the accused on his stumps to inmates will have a severe effect on him."

Defense lawyers for Pistorious say the athlete might serve only 1/6 of his jail sentence. That's equivalent to about 10 months.

 

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