The last time we checked in on Oscar Pistorius, a dude whose face looks like the prototype for every rich suspect on Law & Order: SVU, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeals had bumped up his previous conviction of “culpable homicide” to the way more serious conviction of “murder” of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. There was a time (around that “culpable homicide” conviction) where there was talk that Oscar Pistorius wouldn’t feel the cold steel of a prison toilet under his ass. But that time is long gone. BBC News says that earlier today a judge sentenced Oscar Pistorius to six years in prison.
For those of you thinking “Um, six years for murdering someone? Are we sure about that?“, yes, we’re sure about that. Judge Thokozile Masipa decided to give Oscar a much shorter sentence than a convicted murderer would normally receive in South Africa for a few reasons. The minimum sentence for murder is usually 15 years, but Judge Masipa claimed rehabilitation and remorse (the snot show worked, apparently) outweighed things like failing to fire a warning shot when he shot his girlfriend through a bathroom door.
Oscar has already served one year in jail for the previous “culpable homicide” conviction. He has to serve at least half of this new sentence before he can be eligible for parole. The BBC says Oscar is totally allowed to try to appeal the six year prison sentence, but his lawyers aren’t going to do that. The prosecution has 14 days to decide if they want to appeal, and sources say they’re considering it.
Although it sounds like an appeal might not do any good. Judge Masipa further explained why she went 9 years worth of easy on Oscar P, a decision that has of course pissed a lot of people off. Judge Masipa would like you to know that there was “no indication” that Oscar was an asshole-type boyfriend who was prone to violence or that Reeva was an abusive relationship. She also believes that a long-term stay in the big house “will not serve justice.” Then she added “I mean, come on, look at him. He’s far too pretty and rich and famous for prison, right?” No, she didn’t say that.
Right after sentencing happened today, Oscar hugged his sister and was whisked off to his new home for the next couple years, Pretoria’s Khosi Mampuru Correctional Center. Khosi Mampuru is the prison where Oscar served his first year as well. I wonder if the guards greeted him by singing the theme from Welcome Back, Kotter to him when he pulled up? “Welcome back, you thought your expensive lawyers were your ticket out…”