A South African judge has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.
The sentence for a culpable homicide conviction is at the judge’s discretion and can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing will be announced at a later date.
Pistorius was also convicted on one of three unrelated firearm charges. The judge ruled that the athlete was guilty of unlawfully firing a gun in a public place when a friend’s pistol he was handling discharged under a table in a restaurant in Johannesburg in early 2013 – mere weeks before Steenkamp’s killing.
He was acquitted on two other gun charges.
Oscar Pistorius appeared in E&T magazine in 2012, in our feature on paralympic technology. We also featured the technology behind Oscar Pistorius’ blade legs in an infographic here on our WordPress blog.
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