Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic gold medalist, was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year and one gun-related charge.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered her judgment after a 41- day trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. She acquitted him on the charges of murder and two gun-related offenses.

The sentences for the guilty verdicts for culpable homicide and the gun charge, for negligently firing a weapon in a restaurant, are up to the discretion of the judge.

Known as the Blade Runner because of his J-shaped prosthetic running blades, Pistorius was the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. He’s been free on 1 million rand ($91,500) bail since February last year.

The charges have derailed the running career of the winner of six Paralympic gold medals and cost Pistorius sponsorship deals with Nike Inc. and Luxottica Group SpA’s Oakley. BLOOMBERG

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