While Olympian Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp yesterday, Sept. 11, a South African judge has found him guilty on culpable homicide, which is the equivalent of manslaughter.
Under South African law, culpable homicide faces a minimum prison sentence of five years.
Oscar Pistorius—the South African Olympian who shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkam on Feb. 14, 2013—has been found not guilty of murder.
However, he could still be found guilty of lesser charges.
The sprinter, who made history in 2012 by becoming the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics, was accused of deliberately shooting his significant other during a heated argument on Valentine’s Day.
He has long maintained his innocence—insisting he shot Reeva, a model and law student, in self-defense after mistaking her for an intruder.
Earlier today, Sept. 11, the 27-year-old athlete broke down in tears when Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the verdict at the Pretoria High Court in South Africa.
While the judge called Oscar "negligent," she ultimately ruled there was not enough evidence. “The state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder,” the Judge told the courtroom. “There are just not enough facts to support such a finding.”
At this time, Pistorius is still waiting to hear the judge’s verdict on the several firearm charges as well culpable homicide.
If found guilty to culpable homicide—which is comparable to manslaughter—he could face up to 15 years behind bars.