Today, Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend last year. The South African Paralympian has always maintained that the shooting was accidental.
Reports Raw Story:
Pistorius, who had vomited and wept at times during the trial, stood stock-still in the dock as he was sentenced, veins bulging in his forehead and his jaw muscles clenched.
“Count one, culpable homicide: the sentence imposed is five years,” judge Thokozile Masipa said.
Pistorius, 27, was also given a three-year suspended sentence on a separate gun offence conviction.
Masipa said she wanted to find a balance between retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation, dismissing defence claims that the disabled athlete would face particular suffering in prison.
“It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were to be created that there was one law for the poor and disadvantaged and another for the rich and famous,” said Masipa.
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