Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Girlfriend's Shooting Death
South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, known as "Blade Runner" for his prosthetic legs, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for culpable homicide in connection with the 2013 shooting death of his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He also received a three-year suspended sentence on a separate firearms charge. Both sentences will run concurrently. Pistorius could have received up to 15 years in prison. The defense was seeking community service and possibly house arrest. Prior to pronouncing the sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa explained at length how Pistorius was left emotionally distraught by the shooting while also expressing confidence that the South African correctional system was equipped to deal with the athlete's disabilities. She added that the sentence must be "fair and just to society and the accused." It was last September 12 that Pistorius, 27, was found guilty of culpable homicide, the U.S. equivalent of manslaughter. Judge Masipa also found Pistorius guilty on one count of discharging a gun in a public area. She acquitted him on two other gun-related charges. Steenkamp was shot and killed on February 14 2013. Pistorius had argued that the shooting was an accident and that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. Prior to the guilty verdict, Judge Masipa ruled that Pistorius did not intentionally kill his girlfriend. The sensational trial, often marked by Pistorius sobbing loudly and becoming physically ill, spanned six months, prolonged by several interruptions, including a month-long break so the paralympian sprinter could be examined by mental health experts. A psychiatrist who has examined Pistorius said he was being treated for depression and is in danger of becoming suicidal if he doesn't continue his treatment. Pistorius was born with fibular hemimelia, or the congenital absence of the fibula in both legs. When he was 11-months-old, doctors amputated both legs below the knee. Nonetheless, Pistorius became a national hero in South Africa when he ran in the 2012 Olympics using prosthetic legs that earned him the nickname, "Blade Runner." Prior to the sentencing, Aimee Pistorius said that her brother “would carry this with him for the rest of his life."
CDC Releases New Guidelines in Treating Ebola Patients
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines Monday in the wearing of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health workers who come in contact with Ebola patients. Among other things, the CDC says that hospital and clinic staff should use special masks, disposable hoods with full face shields, double sets of gloves and waterproof boots that go up to the calves. In another change, all health workers who put on and take off PPE should be scrutinized closely by trained monitors. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that even before wearing extra protective gear, workers are strongly advised to receive training as well as practice how to put on and remove their equipment so that literally no skin is exposed to the Ebola virus.
Man Suspected in Murders of Seven Women in Indiana
Murder charges will be filed against Darren Deon Vann, the chief suspect in the deaths of seven women in Indiana over the past two decades. Following Vann's arrest in the murder of 19-year-old Afrika Hardy, whose body was found at a Hammond Motel 6 last Sunday, police said the 43-year-old alleged serial killer led them to the bodies of six victims in Gary, Indiana. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty told reporters Monday, "We don't have a specific reason why he does this," adding, "The investigation could lead to more victims" that could go back as far as 20 years.
Suspect in Graham Disappearance Charged with 2005 Rape
Jesse Matthew, the main suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, was charged Monday in the investigation of a 2005 rape in Fairfax County. Matthew now faces counts of attempted capital murder, abduction and sexual penetration with an object. Prosecutors say this case is linked to the 2009 disappearance and murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. No charges have yet been filed against Matthew in the Harrington case.
Dallas Hospital Praises Ebola-Infected Nurses
Nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say their two colleagues who contracted Ebola as "heroes" despite criticism against the Dallas hospital for mishandling the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who became the first person to be diagnosed with, and die of Ebola in the U.S. Chief nursing officer Cole Edmonson said Ebola-infected nurses Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29, were "devastated" by Duncan's death but nevertheless "proud" of their work. "The men and women of this hospital worked tirelessly to save Mr. Duncan," said emergency department nurse Julie Boling. "Some things went wrong and we're proud to say [the hospital] owned those things."
Monica Lewinsky Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign May Have Backfired
Monica Lewinsky may want to rethink her decision to join Twitter. The former White House intern, whose infamous affair with former President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment, joined the social network to promote her campaign against cyberbullying, which she launched during a speech at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia Monday. Judging by some of the replies she received on Twitter, Lewinsky still has a tough road to hoe. They included: "He was married man. You earned it all. Don't ---- with another woman's husband."