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Oscar Pistorius Sentenced To Five Years In Prison

The athlete was found guilty of culpable homicide, after shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Posted on October 21, 2014, at 7:19 a.m. ET

Updated — Oct. 21, 9:29 a.m. ET

Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympian nicknamed Blade Runner due to the artificial limbs he wears in compeition, is behind bars after he was sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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Pistorius shot Steenkamp — a model, news presenter and law graduate — through a door while she was in the bathroom at their home on Valentine's Day in 2013. Pistorius claimed he thought he was shooting an intruder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa made her ruling at the North Gauteng County Court in Pretoria, after saying that a sentence that didn't include prison time would not be appropriate.

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Pistorius also received a three year sentence for a seperate gun charge, which was suspended. He will serve both sentences at the same time.

Pistorius was emotionless as the sentence was read.

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He briefly shook hands with his uncle, Arnold Pistorius, before being led to the court's holding cells.

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Pistorius was then escorted to a police van. He was taken to Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison, where he will serve his time.

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#OscarPistrious is now at the Kgosi Mampuru correctional facility. He was taken inside through another entrance. GW

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#OscarPistrious is now at the Kgosi Mampuru correctional facility. He was taken inside through another entrance. GW

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Pistorius' defense team has said that the athlete may be able to apply for house arrest after serving 10 months. However, the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) said he must serve at least two years.

Already a discrepancy, Steenkamp lawyer says 5 year sentence means #Pistorius will spend 2 years in jail, defence says much less time

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Already a discrepancy, Steenkamp lawyer says 5 year sentence means #Pistorius will spend 2 years in jail, defence says much less time

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South Africa's National Prosecution Authority have said they are deliberating whether or not to appeal Judge Masipa's sentencing. They have 14 days to do so.

The Guardian reported that Steenkamp's family said they were "satisfied" with the sentence, and their lawyer said "justice had been done."

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Oscar Pistorius' uncle Arnold delivered a statement outside the court, saying the athlete would not appeal.

Pistorius family addresses press. #OscarTrial .@eNCAnews

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Arnold Pistorius said the trial was "harrowing" for the family, but that Oscar would "embrace" his prison sentence and use it to "pay back" society for his crime.

After the sentence, the International Paralympic Committee announced that Pistorius would be banned from competing for five years, the BBC reported.

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