At one time, the story of Oscar Pistorius was among the most awe-inspiring in sports history. Born with a birth defect that left both of his legs without fibulas, Pistorius’s lower legs were both amputated when he was an infant. He was fitted with prosthetic legs and took up running at age 16—and just two years later, the “Blade Runner” won a gold medal at the Athens Paralympics in 2004, later competing in the 400-meter run at the 2012 London games.
Just six months later, on February 14, 2013, Pistorius was arrested in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. As Steenkamp made preparations for Valentine’s Day, Pistorius claims he mistook her for a home invader, and shot her at their home in South Africa. Prosecution argued that the murder was premeditated, as Pistorius and Steenkamp often fought (and Pistorius had a history of violence against women). After a seven-month long trial, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide (the South African legal system’s equivalent of manslaughter) and served a year in prison before being released to house arrest. But then, the Supreme Court of Appeals overturned that verdict, forced Pistorius into another trial, and this time found him guilty of murder. He’ll serve at least 15 years behind bars.