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South African judge finds Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA: Cleared of murder, Oscar Pistorius was on Friday found guilty of culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. On the charge of murder, judge Masipa said, “the accused is found not guilty and is discharged, instead he is found guilty of culpable homicide.”
As Pistorius stood impassively in the dock with his hands folded in front of him, Judge Thokozile Masipa read out her verdict, which could carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
The South African judge, presiding over his murder trial, on Friday resumed her lengthy explanation of her upcoming verdicts in the killing of his girlfriend. Judge Thokozile Masipa began proceedings by addressing three separate, gun-related charges against the double-amputee Olympian, acquitting him of one charge of unlawfully firing a gun in public because of what she was said was contradictory testimony by witnesses. She then began commenting on the other charges. On Thursday, Masipa said there was not enough evidence to support a murder conviction for Pistorius’ killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp in his home on February 14, 2013. AP
He said he mistook her for an intruder, while the prosecution said he killed her intentionally after an argument.
The judge has said that Pistorius was negligent, which on Friday led to a conviction for culpable homicide, or a negligent killing. The sentence for such a crime is at the judge’s discretion, and it can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to years in prison. On Friday, armed security officers stood at each of the three entrances to the courtroom, while others stood near the red-robed judge as she explained her verdicts from her dais overlooking the court. There were also paramedics in the courtroom.

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