Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 6 Years for the 2013 Murder of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius has officially been resentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The South African athlete had his earlier manslaughter conviction overturned and was re-tried on the more serious charge of murder to reflect the intent of the crime. When originally convicted of manslaughter in 2015, he had faced up to 15 years, but Judge Thokozile Masipa called him “a good candidate for rehabilitation.” He was given a five year sentence that he was going to serve under house arrest in his uncle’s mansion.

His new conviction, 6 years for murder, is relatively lenient. However, Judge Maspia said she believes there are “substantial and compelling circumstances” to show leniency toward Pistorius, according to the AP, because he showed genuine remorse for Steenkamp’s death and because she believes he is unlikely to commit another crime.

The murder happened in 2013 when Pistorius shot Steenkamp four time through the bathroom door of their home on Valentine’s Day. He claimed he thought she was an intruder and didn’t know it was her until after he had fired into the door.

Afterwards, Steenkamp’s family told the Associated Press they intended to make no further comment:

The Steenkamp family did not criticize the sentence. “The family has said it before they wanted the law to run its course. It has done so. No further comment. They will keep a dignified silence,” said Dup de Bruyn, Steenkamp family representative.

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