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Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

Tuesday in Pretoria, South Africa, Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. (AP)

Track star Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic athlete, was given a verdict of culpable homicide by a judge in South Africa in September — a conviction that could have put him in prison for 15 years. As we reported at the time, Pistorius was found not guilty of the more serious charge of premeditated murder.

The Two-Way reported:

"[Judge Thokozile Masipa] said there wasn't sufficient evidence to support the notion that Pistorius, 27, knew that Reeva Steenkamp was behind a locked toilet door in his home when he fired several shots on the morning of Valentine's Day 2013."

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