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