South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday for fatally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after the judge declined to impose the 15-year minimum sentence requested by the state for the murder charge Pistorius was convicted of in December.
Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over Pistorius’ original trial, said the allegation that he had intended to kill Steenkamp was a “misperception,” the Guardian reports. She also added that he seemed “genuinely remorseful” for his actions, contradicting the state’s assertion that he showed no regret.
Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner for the prosthetics he used to compete, had spent time in prison in 2014 after initially being sentenced to five years for manslaughter — a charge that was overturned and changed to murder in December last year. Critics have accused the South African judiciary of being too lenient on the 29-year-old because of his fame and global prominence.
- What Wildfire Smoke Does to the Human Body
- Prince Harry Breaks Royal Convention to Testify in Court
- Teens Are Taking Wegovy for Weight Loss
- Elliot Page: Embracing My Trans Identity Saved Me
- How a Texas High Jumper Has Earned Nearly $1 Million
- What the Debt Ceiling Deal Means for Student Loan Borrowers
- How Past Lives Combines Memoir and Artistry
- 7 Ways to Get Better at Small Talk