Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5-year prison term

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Oscar Pistorius Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the "gross negligence" the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

Pistorius, who had cried and wretched during his trial, was unemotional as he stood to hear his sentence. His prison term begins immediately and he was led down a flight of stairs and toward holding cells before leaving the South African courthouse in the armored vehicle.

Pistorius could be released after 10 months in jail to serve the remainder under house arrest, according to legal experts.

Steenkamp's parents were also in court to hear the sentence and the dead model's mother, June, said justice had been done. A close friend of Steenkamp, Gina Myers, said: "I really don't think any of us will heal anytime soon ... there will always be questions."

Pistorius' uncle, Arnold Pistorius, said: "Oscar will embrace this opportunity to pay back to society." He appealed to reporters to give the family privacy after what he called "20 months of relentless public trial."

Pistorius' uncle also criticized state prosecutors for pursuing a premeditated charge against Pistorius, and said "they decided to inflict as much collateral damage as they could."

Masipa said her sentence was a balancing act between retribution and clemency.

"I am of the view that a non-custodial sentence would send a wrong message to the community," Masipa said after summarizing parts of the case and explaining why she reached her decision. "On the other hand, a long sentence would not be appropriate either as it would lack the element of mercy."

Masipa last month convicted Pistorius of culpable homicide, but acquitted him of murder after he testified he mistook Steenkamp for a nighttime intruder. She asked Pistorius to stand as she delivered the sentence Tuesday, and he faced her with his hands clasped in front of him. Pistorius was then led away by police, stopping briefly to grip the hands of his uncle and other family members as he headed to prison.

Pistorius' defense and the prosecution have 14 days to lodge any appeal against the judge's decision.

Prosecutors said they are considering whether to appeal the sentence, where Pistorius, 27, could serve less than a year in jail for killing his 29-year-old girlfriend.

Nathi Mncube, the prosecution spokesman, said his office was disappointed in the culpable homicide conviction and had not yet decided whether to appeal the sentence.

"We have not made up our minds whether we're going to appeal it or not," he said. He added that there was an "appetite" to appeal but that prosecutors would review their options.

"We are satisfied with the fact that he will be serving some time in prison," Mncube said.

Masipa had a wide range of options available to her because South Africa does not have a minimum sentence for culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter. Pistorius faced up to 15 years in jail, but could also have received a completely suspended sentence or house arrest.

Marius du Toit, a legal analyst and criminal defense lawyer, said Pistorius would have to serve one-sixth of his sentence in prison - 10 months - before he could be eligible to be moved to house arrest.

"It's an appropriate sentence," du Toit said. He said a higher sentence would have been impossible because "you cannot elevate the sentence to murder."

Another analyst, law professor Kelly Phelps, said Judge Masipa had done "a remarkable job at balancing all of the competing interests that were weighing down on her."

As Pistorius left in the police van, a raucous crowd gathered around the vehicle, whistling, shouting and banging on the caged windows.

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Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5-year prison term
Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius will finally learn his fate when judge Thokozile Masipais is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)
A heavily guarded vehicle carrying Oscar Pistorius, drives from the court in Pretoria, South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 to prison. Pistorius was handed down a five-year sentence by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras, Independent Newspapers) SOUTH AFRICA OUT
Oscar Pistorius, is led to an awaiting police vehicle to be take to prison outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius was handed down a five-year sentence by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras, Independent Newspapers) SOUTH AFRICA OUT
Oscar Pistorius, center, touches hands with family members as he is led down to the cells of the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, center, greets his uncle Arnold Pistorius, right, and other family members as he is led down to the cells of the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, center, is led out of court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock looking in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Sentencing procedures will start Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2014 file photo South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Pistorius is free to compete for South Africa again, as long as his running doesn't go against the ruling of the judge. Pistorius, who is to be sentenced next month after being found guilty in the negligent killing of his girlfriend, could compete at any time because the South African Olympic committee has no regulations preventing someone with a criminal record from representing the country. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
Oscar Pistorius cries in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 during the last day of sentencing procedures where the defense and prosecution will put their case for and against sentencing. Pistorius was found guilty last month of culpable homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius sits in court for the last day of sentencing procedures where the defense and prosecution will put their case for and against sentencing, in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Pistorius was found guilty last month of culpable homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien, Pool)
Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa listens to arguments at the end of the fourth day of sentencing proceedings for Oscar Pistroius in the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday Oct. 16, 2014. Following the testimony hearing, Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce Pistorius' sentence on Tuesday after she found him guilty last month of culpable homicide for negligently killing Steenkamp, but acquitted him of murder. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)
Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa listens to arguments at the end of the fourth day of sentencing proceedings for Oscar Pistroius in the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday Oct. 16, 2014. Following the testimony hearing, Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce Pistorius' sentence on Tuesday after she found him guilty last month of culpable homicide for negligently killing Steenkamp, but acquitted him of murder. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius sits in court for the last day of his sentencing hearing in Pretoria, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Pistorius' chief defense lawyer Barry Roux was presenting his final arguments Friday to a judge at the end of the double-amputee athlete's sentencing hearing, saying the athlete did not act with any "deviousness" when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Werner Beukes, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius sits in court for the last day of his sentencing hearing in Pretoria, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Pistorius' chief defense lawyer Barry Roux was presenting his final arguments Friday to a judge at the end of the double-amputee athlete's sentencing hearing, saying the athlete did not act with any "deviousness" when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, on the last day of sentencing procedures where the defense and prosecution will put their case for and against sentencing. Pistorius was found guilty last month of culpable homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, gestures, at the end of the fourth day of sentencing proceedings in the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Following the testimony hearing, which is expected to end this week, Judge Thokozile Masipa will rule on what punishment Pistorius must serve after convicting him of culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.(AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius attends the fourth day of sentencing proceedings in the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Yesterday saw the first family member, first cousin of the late Reeva Steenkamp, Kim Martin, testified at the double-amputee athlete's trial. Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison after being convicted of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, for shooting Steenkamp, although he could also receive a suspended jail sentence and a fine. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, left, is comforted by a supporter during the fourth day of sentencing proceedings in the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Yesterday saw the first family member, first cousin of the late Reeva Steenkamp, Kim Martin, testified at the double-amputee athlete's trial. Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison after being convicted of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, for shooting Steenkamp, although he could also receive a suspended jail sentence and a fine. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Defense lawyer Barry Roux gestures during the fourth day of sentencing proceedings for Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison after being convicted of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, for shooting Steenkamp, although he could also receive a suspended jail sentence and a fine. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius attends the fourth day of his sentencing proceedings at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison after being convicted of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, for shooting Steenkamp, although he could also receive a suspended jail sentence and a fine.(AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius attends the fourth day of his sentencing proceedings at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. A judge is listening to testimony from witnesses before deciding what punishment the double-amputee Olympian must serve after convicting him of culpable homicide for shooting Steenkamp in his home last year. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius rubs his eyes as he sits in court as the sentencing process entered a second day, Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Pistorius was being portrayed as a "poor victim" ahead of his sentencing for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the chief prosecutor said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, left, passes family members of the late Reeva Steenkamp on his arrival in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Cleared of murder, Pistorius on Friday awaited a possible conviction for negligent killing as the South African judge presiding over his murder trial resumed her lengthy explanation of her upcoming verdicts in the killing of his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius wins gold in the men's 400-meter T44 final at the 2012 Paralympics, in London. The man who racing commentators said was slow from the starting blocks, Pistorius went on to win many medals for his running prowess, but is now expected to testify in his own defense during his trial in South Africa for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Family members of the late Reeva Steenkamp listen as judgement is passed on Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Barry Steenkamp, middle back, father of the late Reeva Steenkamp, listens to judgement in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide and an arms related charge. (AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)
Oscar Pistorius, left, stands with his uncle Arnold Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The South African judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has resumed explaining her reasoning behind her upcoming verdicts in the case against the double-amputee Olympian. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko,Pool)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Judge Thokozile Masipa speaks during Oscar Pistorius' trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times-Pool/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius speaks with his uncle Arnold Pistorius during his trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times-Pool/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius takes his seat during his trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times-Pool/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Henke Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Advocate Barry Roux at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Reeva Steenkamp's family at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius is watched as he takes his seat during his trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius takes his seat during his trial at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa has ruled out murder charges, but has left it to today to announce whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Judge Thokozile Masipa at the Pretoria High Court at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa continues to deliver her verdict. (Photo by Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius prepares to make a start in a men's 200m T44 round 1 race at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Pistorius ran a new world record in the race of 21.30 seconds. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius comes out the blocks as he makes a start during a men's 200m T44 round 1 race at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Pistorius ran a new world record in the race of 21.30 seconds. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes at a men's 200m T44 round 1 race at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius applauds the crowd before making a start in a men's 200m T44 round 1 race at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Pistorius ran a new world record in the race of 21.30 seconds. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes during a men's 200m T44 round 1 at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Pistorius ran a new world record in the race of 21.30 seconds. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2011, file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius runs in the 400 meter race during the track and field meeting dedicated to the late Polish Olympic champion Kamila Skolimowska, in Warsaw, Poland. Pistorius is almost out of chances to post a qualifying time to make the South African team for the London Olympics. His next shot comes Saturday at the Adidas Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes in a heat of the Men's 400m race at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
FILE - In this photo taken Aug. 14, 2010 South Africa's Oscar Pistorius wins the men's 400m T44 race during a Diamond League Athletics meeting at Crystal Palace in London. Pistorius has the 2012 Olympic schedule stuck to his fridge. He's counting down the days. But before the South African double-amputee sprinter can line up against the world's best able-bodied athletes at the Olympics next year, and realize the biggest goal of his career, he needs to run his fastest-ever 400-meter time to qualify. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi-File)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius takes the baton from teammate L J van Zyl during the men's 4x400-meter during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius prepares to run in his men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)
FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 file photo South Africa's Oscar Pistorius prepares to compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Ahead of Pistorius' murder trial, starting Monday, March 3, 2014, legal experts say Pistorius would still be vulnerable to a homIcide conviction even if he is acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. South Africa's (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus-File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 file photo, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, center, leads Jamaica's Rusheen McDonald, left, Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, second left, and Russia's Maksim Dyldin, right, in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius prepares to compete in a men's 400-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
In this photo taken Friday, July 13, 2012, double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius of South Africa prepares for a training session in Gemona, near Udine, northern Italy. Pistorius needed a track in Europe to train at, so the mayor of Gemona del Friuli built him one. The double-amputee runner will take his final few steps to the London Olympics and history at his training camp in northern Italy, running lap after lap on those carbon fiber blades and focusing on his new goal of making the semifinals at the world’s biggest meet. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)
Double-amputee sprinter, South African Oscar Pistorius, tries a start during a training session in Gemona, near Udine, Italy, Friday, July 13, 2012. Pistorius, known globally as the Blade Runner, will be racing in the 400 meters at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)
SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 2: South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Jenna Edkins (L) on December 2, 2008 in South Africa. (Photo by Naranda Nell/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 22: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius poses with his girlfriend Jenna Edkins on August 22, 2008 in South Africa. (Photo by Nardus Engelbrecht Beeld/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 22: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius poses with his girlfriend Jenna Edkins on August 22, 2008 in South Africa. (Photo by Nardus Engelbrecht Beeld/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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