PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – The murder case involving a former Olympic sprinter that’s lasted nearly three years is finally over.
Judge Thokozile Masipa presided over the case in Pretoria, South Africa.
“Mr. Pistorius please rise. In the result the sentence that I impose on the accused for the murder of dolis eventulis of the deceased that is Reeve Steenkamp is six years imprisonment,” the judge said.
The judge sentenced the former Paralympian to six years behind bars for killing his 29-year-old girlfriend on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
Prosecutors say he murdered the model after a late-night argument. Pistorius always claimed he feared for his life when he fired shots through the bathroom door.
Judge Masipa explained to the packed courtroom, “’Murder is always a very serious crime. The fact that the accused thought it was an intruder does not make it less serious.”
Pistorius was first convicted of manslaughter in 2014 and spent a year in prison. The supreme court of appeals overturned that verdict and upgraded the charges to murder. His lawyer, Andrew Fawcett, says they will not appeal this latest decision.
“We respect the decision of Masipa and we will not be lodging any applications for moves to appeal going forward. Oscar will serve his sentence as handed down by (Judge) Masipa.”
The double amputee was considered the golden boy for many years. But it will be at least six years before he gets back on track. Now his life resembles a sad daytime drama.
The kind of soap opera nobody wants to star in, though.