Pistorius jailed for six years for murder of girlfriend

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Breaking: Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Six Years for his girlfriend's murder

South African Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius was taken to jail immediately on Wednesday after being sentenced to serve six years for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The state had called for him to receive no less than the prescribed minimum 15-year sentence for murder.

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"Public opinion may be loud and persistent, but it can play no role in the decision of this court," High Court judge Thokozile Masipa said in her ruling.

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CORRECTS DATES - This Feb. 14, 2013 handout photo supplied by the South African Police Services (SAPC) and used as evidence shows Oscar Pistorius photographed at his home after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was found guilty Friday, Sept 12, 2014 of culpable homicide.(AP Photo/South African Police Services) MANDATORY CREDIT
CORRECTS DATES - This Feb. 14, 2013 handout photo supplied by the South African Police Services (SAPC) and used as evidence shows scenes at the home of Oscar Pistorius after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was found guilty Friday, Sept 12, 2014 of culpable homicide.(AP Photo/South African Police Services) MANDATORY CREDIT
CORRECTS DATES - This Feb. 14, 2013 handout photo supplied by the South African Police Services (SAPC) and used as evidence shows scenes at the home of Oscar Pistorius after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was found guilty Friday, Sept 12, 2014 of culpable homicide.(AP Photo/South African Police Services) MANDATORY CREDIT
CORRECTS DATES - This Feb. 14, 2013 handout photo supplied by the South African Police Services (SAPC) and used as evidence shows scenes at the home of Oscar Pistorius after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was found guilty Friday, Sept 12, 2014 of culpable homicide.(AP Photo/South African Police Services) MANDATORY CREDIT
CORRETS DATES - This Feb. 14, 2013 handout photo supplied by the South African Police Services (SAPC) and used as evidence shows scenes at the home of Oscar Pistorius after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was found guilty Friday, Sept 12, 2014 of culpable homicide.(AP Photo/South African Police Services) MANDATORY CREDIT
CORRECTS DATES - This Feb. 14, 2013 handout photo supplied by the South African Police Services (SAPC) and used as evidence shows scenes at the home of Oscar Pistorius after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was found guilty Friday, Sept 12, 2014 of culpable homicide.(AP Photo/South African Police Services) MANDATORY CREDIT
CORRECTS DATES - This Feb. 14, 2013 handout photo supplied by the South African Police Services (SAPC) and used as evidence shows scenes at the home of Oscar Pistorius after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was found guilty Friday, Sept 12, 2014 of culpable homicide.(AP Photo/South African Police Services) MANDATORY CREDIT
CORRECTS DATES - This Feb. 14, 2013 handout photo supplied by the South African Police Services (SAPC) and used as evidence shows scenes at the home of Oscar Pistorius after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was found guilty Friday, Sept 12, 2014 of culpable homicide.(AP Photo/South African Police Services) MANDATORY CREDIT
CORRECTS DATES - This Feb. 14, 2013 handout photo supplied by the South African Police Services (SAPC) and used as evidence shows Oscar Pistorius photographed at his home after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius was found guilty Friday, Sept 12, 2014 of culpable homicide.(AP Photo/South African Police Services) MANDATORY CREDIT
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