Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa said he was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for firing a pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013. The sentences would run concurrently.
Pistorius shook hands with his family members, as the police escorted him to the holding cells. Steemkamp’s mother June smiled at Gina and Kim Myers. Gina rubbed her best friend’s mother’s back as they spoke.
On September 12, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide for the Valentine’s Day 2013 shooting of Steenkamp. The court found him not guilty of murdering her.
Pistorius was also found guilty of firing a shot from his friend Darren Fresco’s Glock pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013. He was found not guilty of shooting through the open sunroof of a car in Modderfontein on September 30, 2012, and of illegal possession of ammunition. SAPA