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The South African sprint runner will be sent to prison for five years for killing his girlfriend in February.

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday, for killing his girlfriend in February 2013. The sentence was enforced for the charge of culpable homicide, which in South Africa means that a person was killed unintentionally, but unlawfully. Under South African law, he will have to serve at least 10 months before he can ask to be placed under house arrest, instead. 

He was also given a three-year sentence for a firearms charge, but it was suspended for five years on the condition that he's not found guilty of another crime where there's negligence involving a firearm during that period.

The double-amputee runner shot and killed his South African girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day, who he had been dating for three months. He admits to shooting her but insists he mistook her for an intruder and that it was an accident.


During the trial, he sobbed at even the mention of his girlfriend’s name but seemed indifferent when the verdict was read. His trial began earlier this year in March. 


He spoke to CNN and said that he would respect and accept the decision of the court and that he was not afraid of going to prison. He also said he would take advantage of his time behind bars to teach people how to read or start a gym or running club. 

The lawyer of the girlfriend’s family, Dup De Bruyn, said in a statement: "The family is satisfied. They are glad that it is over and are satisfied that justice has been done." 

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