JUST IN: Oscar Pistorius Gets 6 Years In Prison For Murder Of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Returning to court after his five-day sentencing hearing earlier this month, Judge Thokozile Masipa on Wednesday, 6 July 2016, ruled that a long term imprisonment will not serve justice in this matter.
Disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Pistorius was freed from prison in the South African capital Pretoria last October after serving one year of a five-year term for culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter.

But an appeals court upgraded the conviction to murder, which has a mandatory sentence of 15 years.

Pistorius, 29, shot Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.
Wednesday's sentencing may also not be the end of the saga, as Pistorius or the state could launch a final round of appeals against the length of the prison term.

Judge Masipa sentenced him to six years imprisonment at the North Gauteng High Court in Tshwane. The time Oscar Pistorius has already served will not count against his new sentence, a BBC producer in South Africa says.

That suggests the former athlete must serve a minimum of three years, starting from today, before he is eligible for parole.  He will be transferred to Khosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria.

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