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Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Murder

Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide for killing Reeva Steenkamp

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    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius hands his mobile phone to his brother Carl after sentencing at the High Court on July 6, 2016 at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their home in 2013.

    Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday for the murder of his girlfriend, with the judge citing mitigating circumstances in delivering less than the prescribed 15-year minimum punishment, NBC News reported.

    Pistorius stood and faced Judge Thokozile Masipa as she announced the sentence in a South African courtroom on Wednesday.

    Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter under South African law — for killing law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

    An appeals court reversed that result last year and found Pistorius guilty of the more serious charge of murder.

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