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'Fallen Hero' Oscar Pistorius Finally Going To Jail For Girlfriend's Murder

It's been three years since Oscar Pistorius stunned the world when he was arrested for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The former Olympic athlete had pretty much gotten away with murder when he was handed a five year sentence for culpable homicide in 2014, then transferred to house arrest last year.

But justice has been served Wednesday after an appeal changed his charge to murder and he was sentenced to six years in prison.

The 29-year-old was originally looking at a term of at least 15 years, but Judge Thokozile Masipa said circumstances allowed the sentence to be decreased.

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Sentencing him for the 2013 Valentine's Day murder at his Pretoria, South Africa home, Masipa said,

The life of the accused will never be the same. He is a fallen hero.

Pistorius has always maintained that he shot Steenkamp through a bathroom door thinking she was an intruder.

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During the three years that followed, graphic images of the model's injuries were shown to the jury and evidence mounted against the ex-athlete. He broke down multiple times throughout the court case and is said to be battling depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

We'll never really know what happened that night in 2013. But justice has finally been served for one of the most documented killings in the past decade.