Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder

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A file picture dated 19 August 2013 shows South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder


PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and observers immediately criticized the sentence as lenient.

South Africa has a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison for murder unless an offender can show reasons why it should be reduced. Judge Thokozile Masipa said those "substantial and compelling circumstances" did exist in the case of the world-famous runner, who shot Steenkamp multiple times thr...


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