Judge Sentences Pistorius to Five Years
Famed Paralympian and Olympian Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide — aka manslaughter — of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The prosecution wanted a minimum of 10 years. But Judge Thokozile Masipa said sentencing is a balance between retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation. In sending Pistorius down, Masipa said she wanted to convey an appropriate message to the community, but not one so severe that it lacks an element of mercy.