Pistorius, 29, had faced a mandatory prison term of at least 15 years but South African Judge Thokozile Masipa said substantial and compelling circumstances allowed her to reduce the sentence.
“The life of the accused will never be the same. He is a fallen hero,” Masipa said.
She ordered a recess to enable prosecutors and Pistorius’ lawyers to decide if they wanted to appeal the sentence. Pistorius was immediately jailed.
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