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Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, negligent killing

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PRETORIA, South Africa - The judge in the murder trial against Oscar Pistorius says the double-amputee athlete is guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that Pistorius was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.

She read her conclusions for a second day Friday after saying there was not enough evidence to support a murder conviction for Pistorius' killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp in his home. He said he mistook her for an intruder, while the prosecution said he killed her intentionally after an argument.

The judge has said that Pistorius was negligent, which lead to the convictions for culpable homicide and negligent killing. The sentence for such a crime is at the judge's discretion, and it can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to years in prison.


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