Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Killing Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, shooting her through a closed toilet door in his home. He testified that the shooting was an accident after mistaking his girlfriend for a nighttime intruder.

updated: October 21, 2014 15:14 IST
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Oscar Pistorius has been sent to prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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South African Paralympian star sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the killing of his girlfriend last year, as his sensational trial reached a climax.

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.

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