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“If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius faces a mandatory life sentence, meaning he will be behind bars for 25 years before he can be considered for parole.

Masipa can also convict Pistorius of murder but without explicit premeditation, a lesser crime that still carries up to 20 years in jail. The sentence can be reduced on presentation of “substantial and compelling” circumstances.

If Masipa is not convinced of Pistorius’s intent to kill, he could still be jailed for culpable homicide based on negligent or reckless discharge of his 9mm pistol into the toilet door.

Culpable homicide carries a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

Alternatively, Masipa could accept Pistorius’s primary argument of “putative self-defence” – meaning that he fired into the door because he genuinely believed his life to be in danger from a perceived intruder – and acquit him.

In addition to the murder charge, Pistorius is accused of three lesser weapons offences: One count of illegal possession of ammunition and two counts of discharging a firearm in a public place.” 

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Oscar_Pistorius/Oscar-Pistorius-tense-as-judgment-looms-20140907

If you want to refresh your memory read this- http://www.enca.com/oscar-trial-13-big-inconsistencies

I’m not sure what time the verdict will be released, so I am going to post three helpful links which you can check for details on the verdict.

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/all-about/oscar-pistorius
http://www.enca.com/coverage/oscar-pistorius-case
http://www.iol.co.za/news/special-features/oscar-pistorius

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