Legless Olympian OSCAR PISTORIUS has been sentenced to FIVE YEARS in prison for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on Valentine's Day last year.
Oscar was cleared of murder last month, but found guilty of manslaughter. He could've received up to 15 years behind bars . . . and now, he could do a lot less.
Under South African law, Oscar will be first eligible for parole after 10 months . . . and at that point could serve out the rest of the sentence under house arrest.
The judge said her decision was, quote, "about achieving the right balance . . . proportionality." She said a long sentence would lack mercy, while a more lenient one would "send the wrong message to the community."
Oscar had admitted to killing Reeva, but he claims it was an accident. He'd fired four rounds from a handgun through a locked bathroom door while she was inside, thinking she was an intruder. And the court bought that, to some degree.