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South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was on Wednesday sentenced to six-years in prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.[/caption]
South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was on Wednesday sentenced to six-years in prison for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.
He was taken to jail immediately after the court declared its verdict.
The verdict comes after his five-year conviction for culpable homicide was changed to murder last December, which has a mandatory sentence of 15 years.
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Pistorius, 29, shot Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013, claiming he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.
Steenkamp's father 73-year-old Barry broke down during his testimony at the sentencing hearing as he called for Pistorius to "pay for his crime" of murdering Reeva, a model and law graduate.
Pistorius, who pleaded not guilty at his trial in 2014, has always denied killing Steenkamp in a rage, saying he was trying to protect her.
The Supreme Court of Appeal in December ruled that Pistorius was guilty of murder, irrespective of who was behind the door when he opened fire with a high-calibre pistol he
kept under his bed.
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