Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

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PRETORIA, South Africa – While Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of murder, but convicted of culpable homicide, a lesser charge that comes with no minimum jail sentence, his family said Friday there are "no victors" coming out of Courtroom GD.

After 41 days of testimony spanning more than five months, the so-called trial of the century in South Africa is over. Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down her decision Friday, a day after revealing to a packed courthouse and worldwide television audience that no, she would not find Pistorius guilty of murder – premeditated or otherwise. Instead, her determination is that the death of the 29-year-old Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day last year was a tragic accident; that while Pistorius "acted hastily and used excessive force," he did not show intent to kill his girlfriend.
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Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (unseen) at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and will now battle to avoid going to prison. REUTERS/Alon Skuy/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Judge Masipa delivers her verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
Judge Thokozile Masipa delivers her verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (unseen) at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and will now battle to avoid going to prison. REUTERS/Alon Skuy/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and will now battle to avoid going to prison. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and will now battle to avoid going to prison. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT CRIME LAW ATHLETICS)
Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva Steenkamp, reacts during the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Alon Skuy/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Father of Reeva Steenkamp reacts during the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva Steenkamp, reacts during the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Alon Skuy/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
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Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa (unseen) deliver her verdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Alon Skuy/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius listens to Judge Masipa deliver her verdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa (unseen) deliver her verdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Alon Skuy/Pool (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Family members of Reeva Steenkamp react as they listen to the verdict of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Family members of Reeva Steenkamp react as they listen to the verdict of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria
Family members of Reeva Steenkamp react as they listen to the verdict of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel reacts as he listens to the verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS)
State Prosecutor Nel reacts as he listens to the verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel reacts as he listens to the verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) chats to his uncle Arnold ahead of the verdict in his trial at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. South African Judge Thokozile Masipa resumed reading her verdict in the 6-month murder trial of Pistorius on Friday, a day after the track star was cleared of murder charges. Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, shot dead his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius chats to his uncle ahead of the verdict in his trial at the high court in Pretoria
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) chats to his uncle Arnold ahead of the verdict in his trial at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. South African Judge Thokozile Masipa resumed reading her verdict in the 6-month murder trial of Pistorius on Friday, a day after the track star was cleared of murder charges. Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, shot dead his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Family members of Reeva Steenkamp react as they listen to the verdict of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Family members of Reeva Steenkamp react as they listen to the verdict of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria
Family members of Reeva Steenkamp react as they listen to the verdict of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel reacts as he listens to the verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS)
State Prosecutor Nel reacts as he listens to the verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel reacts as he listens to the verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) chats to his uncle Arnold ahead of the verdict in his trial at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. South African Judge Thokozile Masipa resumed reading her verdict in the 6-month murder trial of Pistorius on Friday, a day after the track star was cleared of murder charges. Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, shot dead his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius chats to his uncle ahead of the verdict in his trial at the high court in Pretoria
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) chats to his uncle Arnold ahead of the verdict in his trial at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. South African Judge Thokozile Masipa resumed reading her verdict in the 6-month murder trial of Pistorius on Friday, a day after the track star was cleared of murder charges. Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, shot dead his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel reacts as he listens to the verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS)
State Prosecutor Nel reacts as he listens to the verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel reacts as he listens to the verdict in the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and could face a lengthy prison sentence. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) chats to his uncle Arnold ahead of the verdict in his trial at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. South African Judge Thokozile Masipa resumed reading her verdict in the 6-month murder trial of Pistorius on Friday, a day after the track star was cleared of murder charges. Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, shot dead his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
Olympic and Paralympic track star Pistorius chats to his uncle ahead of the verdict in his trial at the high court in Pretoria
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (L) chats to his uncle Arnold ahead of the verdict in his trial at the high court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. South African Judge Thokozile Masipa resumed reading her verdict in the 6-month murder trial of Pistorius on Friday, a day after the track star was cleared of murder charges. Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, shot dead his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 12, 2014. Pistorius returned to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW)

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