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Oscar Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide

On Friday, a judge in Pretoria, South Africa, convicted double-amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for killing his girlfriend in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted Pistorius' assertion that he thought Reeva Steenkamp was an intruder, but ruled that he was negligent by firing four bullets through the locked bathroom stall door behind which Steenkamp was ensconced. "I am of the view that the accused acted too hastily and used excessive force," she said.

The homicide charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison. Judge Masipa also found Pistorius guilty of one of three weapons-related charges — for discharging a firearm in a crowded restaurant — but acquitted him of another reckless discharge accusation and one of illegally possessing ammunition without a license.