Former Nike Athlete Oscar Pistorius Gets 6 Years For Murder Of Girlfriend

Once beloved South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius — the first athlete to ever compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games — will spend the next six years behind bars.

According to multiple reports, the athlete received a six-year prison sentence from a South African judge today for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Reports state Pistorius fired four shots through his bathroom door killing Steenkamp. Pistorius said he mistook her for an intruder in his home in the South African neighborhood of Pretoria. Prosecution in the case, however, said the shooting wasn’t an accident; it was planned, because the two had an argument earlier.

In September 2014, Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide, and was sentenced to five years in prison in October 2014. But an appeals court found that the lower court did not rule correctly on the case in December 2015, overturned the conviction, and then found him guilty of murder.

Oscar Pistorius 2012 Olympic Games
Oscar Pistorius competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Pistorius — who once appeared in a Nike ad with the tagline “I Am the Bullet in the Chamber” — had his contract with the athletic giant suspended in February 2013, then terminated in September 2014.  The sprinter — who had his legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old — is a six-time Paralympic Games gold medalist and competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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