The BBC is reporting that Judge Thokozile Masipa has sentenced legendary paralympian Oscar Pistorius to serve five years in jail for the homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa also gave him an additional three-year suspended sentence on a firearms charge.
The author writes:
“The parents of Reeva Steenkamp told the BBC they were happy with the sentence and relieved the case was over. The defense said it expected Pistorius to serve about 10 months in prison. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide but cleared of murder.
Prosecutors had called for a minimum 10-year term, and the defense had argued for community service and house arrest. Pistorius showed little reaction to the sentence other than to wipe his eyes before being led away.”
Steenkamp’s family says that justice has been served while others believe the sentence was too light relative to the crime.
Read more at the BBC.