A South African judge found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

By SI Wire
September 12, 2014

Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison after a South African judge found ​him guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius was also convicted on an unrelated firearms charge, stemming from him firing a gun in a public place when a friend's weapon discharged under a restaurant table in Johannesburg in early 2013.

On Thursday, judge Thokozile Masipa said Pistorius declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder, saying there was not enough evidence to support a murder conviction.

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp in his home on Feb. 14, 2013. Pistorius claimed he accidentally shot her through a bathroom door after believing there was an intruder in his home.

While Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide, the judge can also suspend his sentence. Pistorius will be sentenced on Oct. 13.

- Scooby Axson

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