Sprinter Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to 6 Years for GF’s Murder (Video)

Double-amputee track and field sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

The South African who rose to fame by making the 2012 Olympic team shot and killed Steenkamp inside his home in February of 2013, stating that he feared she was an intruder.  Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa handed down a significantly shorter sentence as Pistorius was facing a minimum of 15 years.

Masipa cited mitigating factors such as Pistorius’ remorse, first offender status, and high likelihood of rehabilitation.  The high profile case has captivated the nation with issues like domestic violence brought to the forefront.

The judge was highly sympathetic to the fallen national hero stating:

He’s a fallen hero who has lost his career and is ruined financially.  The worst is that having taken the life of a fellow human being in the manner that he did, he cannot be at peace.

Pistorius nor the family of Miss. Steenkamp reacted as the judge gave her ruling.  Pistorius’ defense team will not appeal the ruling although they had pleaded for community service in lieu of prison last month.

Oscar Pistorius can Possibly Compete at the World Championships this Summer

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According to a story courtesy of the Daily Mail, South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, could be permitted to leave the country and compete in the World Championship in August if he chooses to do so.

Pistorius was charged with the planned murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, last month at his home, but claims that he did so because he thought she was an intruder. The “Blade Runner” was released on bail under the conditions that he surrender his passport and  report to the police twice a week.

After his lawyers were successful in the minimizing of his bail restrictions today, Pistorius it seems, is now set to compete in the summer.

Meanwhile, Pistorius’ agent, Peet van Zyl, said soon after the ruling that his client could even run at the world championships in Moscow in August and the IAAF later confirmed he would be allowed to compete.

‘Based on this (judge’s decision), and if he is up for it and qualifies, the world championships will definitely be on the radar,’ Van Zyl said. 

‘He’s going to be the one that determines running and training. It’s his call. He’s the one under all the pressure for the court case and grieving for Reeva.’

The judge also ruled in favor of Pistorius on three other conditions. He no longer has to be regularly supervised by a probation official and a ban against him drinking alcohol was lifted. 




Double Amputee Oscar Pistorius Selected to Run in 2012 London Olympics

The life of an amputee can’t be easy, add being an athlete and more troubles are sure to arise. However, after going through a court battle in 2008 to become eligible to compete for a spot on the Olympic team he ran a time that didn’t qualify him to run in the Beijing. After running a quarter of a second too slow in the qualifying trials, South African officials selected Pistorius based on his two Olympic standard times over the past year as reported by NBC.

Teddy Reddy South African Olympic committee chief told the Associated Press that they believe he has the ability to win;

“Since he’s going to be there (in London), our decision is he can run both, there’s no reason why he can’t. Our decision is he can.”

Pistorius took to twitter to share his excitement with the world, letting everyone know he’d be on his way to London.

“Will be in (at)London2012 for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games! Thank you to everyone that has made me the athlete I am! God, family and friends, my competitors and supporters! You have all had a hand!”

While Pistorius is a multiple Paralympic champion, he will now take to the big stage and it’ll be interesting to see how he performs considering he’ll partake in both the Olympics and Paralympics and if fatigue becomes a factor. Hopefully none of the competitors hold his condition against him citing he has an unfair advantage. No matter what, Pistorius has overcome the odds just to be in the position to race at the Olympics, I’m sure he’s not satisfied with just making, though his mere appearance will be enough to inspire many who suffer from a similar disability.