|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.|
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.
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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.