Evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has warned that there will be no forgiveness or second chances in hell, commenting on the early prison release of South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius, who served only 10 months out of a five year sentence.
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (C) is escorted to a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria October 21, 2014. Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world.
The athlete rose to fame at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where he competed using carbon-fibre prosthetics and reached the semifinals of the 400m race against athletes with natural limbs, earning the nickname the “Blade Runner.”
Throughout the trial he maintained that Steenkamp’s death was a tragic accident, as he thought he was shooting at a robber hiding in the bathroom, and not his girlfriend. Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced him to five years behind bars in October 2014 after he was convicted of culpable homicide.
Masipa said back then that “a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community. On the other hand, a long sentence would also not be appropriate either, as it would lack the element of mercy.”
Stephan Terblanche, an expert in sentencing and a professor at the University of South Africa, told CNN that the country’s prisons are overcrowded and underfunded, which could have played a role in Pistorius’ early release.
Steenkamp’s parents said in a letter, however, that serving 10 months for taking a human life is not an adequate punishment.
“Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough,” the statement from June and Barry Steenkamp read. “We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as a deterrent it should.”
The parents said that they have forgiven Pistorius, but stressed that those found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for their actions.
PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE) Franklin Graham is shown in this file photo.
August 18, 2015 | by Stoyan Zaimov | Christian Post Reporter | Source: christianpost.com "Franklin Graham Warns Hell Will Have 'No Forgiveness' or 'Second Chances' After Oscar Pistorius Gets Early Prison Release"