South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius was today sentenced to five years behind bars for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but will likely only serve 10 months.
The former athlete remained unemotional as Judge Thokozile Masipa read the sentence, citing the “gross negligence” displayed by the double amputee when he shot his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, 2013.
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Since the shooting, the 27-year-old has maintained that it was an accident, as he thought it was an intruder in his bathroom.
Though Oscar was whisked away in a police van right after he was sentenced, the Paralympian may not serve his full five years behind bars, as his defense team reportedly found that he can serve one-sixth of his sentence (10 months) in jail before he becomes eligible for a sentence conversion, meaning he could be placed under house arrest after those 10 months for the remainder of his sentence.
Despite his crime, Judge Masipa acknowledged Oscar’s impact not only in South Africa, but around the world when it comes to educating the public about people with disabilities.
“He gave his time and money to charities, and changed the public’s perspective of disabled people,” she said during the sentencing. “This cannot be ignored and ought to be put into perspective.”