BREAKING NEWS: Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide, could face 15 years in jail.

Just moments ago, news broke out that former Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide today, for his role in the  2013 death of his then girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The ruling came a day after Pistorius was found not guilty of premeditated murder. However, the guilty verdict on the charge of culpable murder could land Pistorius in jail for up to 15 years.

The incident in question is the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, back on Valentine’s Day 2013. It was that morning that Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp, his girlfriend at the time, through a bathroom window. Pistorius claimed that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder, considering the time of the killing.

After posting bail on February 22nd of that year, Pistorius was indicted for murder on August 19, 2013m and his trial was set to begin over a year later. However, several court dates had to be delayed, due to psychiatric evaluations for Pistorius.

The trial eventually resumed on June 30th of this year, with the defense closing its case eight days later, and closing arguments being made on August 7th and 8th.

Pistorius was also found guilty of discharging a firearm and public, while two other charges were dropped.

The sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

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