Oscar Pistorius Eludes Maximum Sentence for Culpable Homicide

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The voice of Woody from Toy Story, Tim Allen, once served two years for possession of cocaine. Rapper 50 Cent served six months in a shock incarceration boot camp for illegally carrying a gun, heroin, and cocaine. Mark Wahlberg, who co-starred alongside a teddy bear in Ted, served 45 days days in prison for the attempted murder of a Vietnamese man. What do all of these people have in common? They are well-known celebrities, and they just may have gotten away with crime.

Recently Oscar Pistorius, the infamous blade runner from the 2012 Olympics,  was found guilty for the Valentine Day homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, his then-girlfriend. In the trial Pistorius pleaded not guilty of the charges posted against him and his attorney’s argued self-defense, he thought an intruder had entered his home.

The minimum prison sentence is about ten years, Pistorius received a five-year sentence. Although there are rumors that with good behavior he could serve at the very least ten months in prison, and then be confined to house arrest for the remainder of his sentence.

This raises questions on the judicial system. Was Pistorius left off the hook because of his popularity? Would the average joe receive the same sentence? Is there anyway to prove that he should serve more jail time?

Even with all of these questions being tossed around the truth is this: Oscar Pistorius is in jail, at the moment. “We feel justice has been done. We are happy with the sentence- five years is sufficient,” says June Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp’s mother.