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Lolo Jones

I'm Praying For Oscar Pistorius

... My Dad Was a Killer Too

10/23/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lolo Jones has no problem showing sympathy for convicted killer Oscar Pistorius ... because her father also went to prison for homicide.

Jones was at LAX Thursday when we asked if she agreed with the 5-year sentence for Pistorius, and her answer was pretty surprising. She opened up about her father's life sentence for a murder, and why it's made her "non judgmental" about Oscar -- despite all the facts surrounding Reeva Steenkamp's death. 

Check out the clip ... Jones does say she's praying for both families involved -- but refuses to condemn Pistorius. Strange?

Donald Trump

Oscar Pistorius Sentence

Is RIDICULOUS

10/22/2014 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Donald Trump thinks Oscar Pistorius is getting off easy for killing his girlfriend -- saying the Olympian's 5-year prison sentence is absolutely "ridiculous."

Trump just posted a video about the sentencing on Instagram -- expressing his anger at the legal system in South Africa ... which will reportedly allow Pistorius to get out of prison after only serving 10 months. 

Oscar spent Tuesday night in a single cell in the hospital wing of the South African prison -- because officials believe he suffers from extreme depression. 

It's clear Trump has no sympathy for the sprinter -- implying his punishment should be even harsher considering the brutal way he killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

Oscar Pistorius

Sentenced to Five Years

for KIlling GF

10/21/2014 5:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1020-oscar-pistorius-getty-01Former Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013.

Under South African law, Pistorius will have to serve at least 10 months before he can ask for parole.

In addition, Pistorius was given a 3-year suspended sentence on a firearms charge (unrelated to Steenkamp), but it was suspended for 5 years, so long as he's not found guilty of another crime where there's negligence involving a firearm during that period.

Pistorius had previously been found guilty of culpable homicide in the death of Reeva Steenkamp. He maintained throughout the trial he thought she was an intruder.
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Oscar Pistorius

BAN HIM FROM RUNNING TRACK

Says U.S. Olympic Legend

9/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oscar Pistorius should be BANNED from running track FOR LIFE ... so says U.S. Olympic legend Sanya Richards-Ross ... who says it pains her to say it because she used to be tight with Blade Runner.

Sanya -- who won FOUR gold medals from '04 to '12 -- was out in NYC when we asked her about the International Paralympic Committee's pending decision on whether Oscar should be able to compete in the next Paralympics. 

Of course the controversy stems from the fact that Oscar was convicted of manslaughter in the death of his GF Reeva Steenkamp ... and the IPC has said it would make a decision about Oscar's future based on his upcoming sentencing. 

But Sanya has already made up her mind -- "At the end of the day, there was a woman that ended up dead. I don't think he should have the privilege of competing in the sport anymore."

Sanya says the two were close friends before the incident -- and she never would have guessed he had it in him to kill someone, but it's clear from the video that Sanya firmly believes Oscar should be persona non grata on the track for the rest of his life.

Oscar Pistorius

Guilty of Culpable Homicide

9/12/2014 4:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0715_oscar_pistorius_gettyFormer Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide Friday morning by a judge in South Africa, and was also found guilty of one other weapons charge.

Sentencing for Pistorius is still weeks away. There is no minimum sentence for culpable homicide under South African law and the typical maximum sentence is 15 years, with the average sentence being about 5-8 years.

Pistorius was found not guilty on two of the three weapons charges he was facing. He was only found guilty of the charge involving a shooting at a restaurant. That charge has a maximum sentence of five years.

Pistorius admitted to shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day of 2013 … but maintained he thought she was an intruder.

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Oscar Pistorius

Not Guilty

of Premeditated Murder

9/11/2014 5:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial ruled he cannot be found guilty of premeditated murder in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but he can face other possible verdicts, including culpable homicide.

Judge Thokozile Masipa cast doubt on witness testimony and said she believes the media coverage of the high-profile trial contaminated testimonies.

If found guilty of culpable homicide, there is no minimum sentence under South African law ... it's completely up to the judge.

Pistorius has maintained that he shot Steenkamp through a bathroom door on Valentine's Day 2013 because he thought she was an intruder.

Oscar Pistorius Murder Case

Man Gets Death Threats

Over Lego Recreations

3/19/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0319_oscar_pistorius_lego_launchThe Lego-artist who's been posting Lego recreations of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial tells TMZ Sports he's been getting DEATH THREATS from people upset with his work. 

We spoke to Armando Tejada ... who says he initially decided to document the Pistorius case because, "I've been fascinated by the trial" ... plus, he had a Legos set from the 2012 Olympics, which came with a tiny Pistorius figure. 

The images are NOT graphic -- they mostly chronicle Pistorius interacting with the judge and his lawyer in the South Africa courthouse where his trial is being held. 

"I don't plan on posting any graphic depictions of the murder or any scene that shows the victim Reeva Steenkamp out of respect," Tejada tells us. 

Still, Tejada -- who lives in Chicago -- says some people are so mad they've threatened his life.

"I've received death threats," Tejada says ... "I understand why people would be upset about it. There's a very thin line and I'm sure I've crossed it."

We're told one of threats involved shooting Tejada with a gun. 

Tejada says he has not gone to police -- since the people behind the threats are based in South Africa ... and he doesn't believe he's in any real danger.

Oscar Pistorius

Bloody Photo

Shown in Court

3/14/2014 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0314-oscar-pistorius-01Police photos of Oscar Pistorius, taken shortly after he shot his girlfriend last year, were shown in court on Friday ... showing the former Olympic hero standing on his blood-stained prosthetic legs and wearing shorts covered in blood.

Earlier this week, Pistorius vomited in court after a pathologist gave gruesome details about the injuries suffered by Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, when he shot her last Valentine's Day. 

Pistorius claims he shot Steenkamp by mistake, thinking she was an intruder. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life.
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Oscar Pistorius

Murder Trial Begins

I Heard 'Bloodcurdling Screams'

3/3/2014 5:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0303-oscar-pistorius-GettyOlympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius arrived to court in South Africa for Day 1 of his murder trial Monday -- and it's already getting intense ... with a neighbor saying she heard "bloodcurdling screams" the night of the shooting. 

Pistorius -- aka "Blade Runner" -- shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 -- and he's been charged with premeditated murder. Oscar pleaded not guilty to the shooting -- and claims it was accidental because he thought Reeva was an intruder who got inside the house. 

Today, Oscar's neighbor recounted what she remembered from that night -- "Just after 3, I woke up from a woman's terrible screams. Then I also heard a man screaming for help. Three times he yelled for help."

The neighbor said her husband immediately called authorities. 

The entire trial is expected to last about 3 weeks -- if convicted, Oscar faces life in prison.

Oscar Pistorius

Murder Scene

Bloody Photos Surface

5/31/2013 6:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0531_pistorious_crime_scene2Photos of the blood-spattered bathroom where Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend to death have surfaced on the web ... and they could prove to be crucial pieces of evidence in the runner's defense.

The pics were taken from outside the bathroom door in the Blade Runner's South African mansion  ... and show two bullet holes in the bathroom door ... along with a pool of blood by the toilet ... and a blood trail leading to the stairs.

Another pic shows blood drops on the stairs ... where Oscar says he carried Reeva while trying to call for help.

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Oscar admits he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 ... but insists it was an accident.

In fact, Pistorius told investigators he grabbed his gun and fired 4 shots into the bathroom that night ... but only because he thought an intruder snuck into his house and was hiding in the toilet. The holes in the door could back Oscar's defense ... that he truly didn't know who was in the bathroom when he opened fire.

Of course, the person in the bathroom was Reeva -- who ultimately died from her wounds. Oscar was arrested and charged with murder.

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Oscar Pistorius

When Are People Going to

Feel Bad for ME???

4/11/2013 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Oscar Pistorius says the constant snarking about his murder charge is killing him.

The former Olympian's family issued a statement whining about South African tabloids and social media boo-birds, saying they are deeply disturbed by the "disregard that is being shown by some ... for the profound pain that Reeva’s family and friends are going through."

"For Oscar the process is 'incredibly overwhelming' as he struggles not only to deal with manner in which he lost his girlfriend, but also his role in it." (Read: The part where he shot her multiple times back in February -- he claims he thought she was an intruder).

The statement goes on and on ...

"There is not a moment in the day that Oscar does not mourn for his girlfriend and Reeva’s family, and all those who were close to her, are in his thoughts constantly."

Not that it's slowing him down ... Pistorius is free on bail and was seen jogging on a track in South Africa last month.

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Oscar Pistorius

On the Run

4/4/2013 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0404_oscar_pistorius_running_landovOscar Pistorius returned to doing what he loves recently -- running on a track on a beautiful day with the sun beating down on his face ... while the girlfriend he shot to death is still dead.

Despite the fact he admitted to shooting Reeva Steenkamp back in February, the judge granted the former Olympian bail ... allowing him to roam around South Africa like a regular non-killer person.

Oscar was pictured jogging on a track at a university in S.A. on March 24.

Pistorius -- who's been charged with murder -- says he doesn't intend to compete in any races ... but reps for the runner say family and friends have encouraged him to continue training because they believe it will help him cope with the trauma.

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Oscar Pistorius

Don't Worry, I'm Not RACING Anytime Soon

3/28/2013 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oscar Pistorius insists he WILL NOT enter any track meets in the near future ... even though a judge has cleared the way for the accused murderer to compete again ... TMZ has learned.

Pistorius -- who was known as "Blade Runner" before he was known as "That Guy Who Probably Murdered His Girlfriend" -- scored a huge court victory today when the judge eased his bail restrictions so he could leave the country to compete in races.

As part of the deal, the 26-year-old sprinter must run his travel plans by officials at least one week before he leaves the country.

But Oscar's rep tells TMZ ... "Oscar does not intend to compete. He merely challenged the travel restrictions imposed, since he was not considered a flight risk during the bail hearing."

The rep continues, "At this point in time there are no plans for him to travel at all."

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