Judge Masipa ruled a non-custodial sentence would send the wrong impression to the community, but a long sentence would not be appropriate because it would appear to lack mercy.
The athlete was immediately taken down to the cells, before being transferred to the notorious Pretoria Central Prison.
These are the main points from today's hearing:
The State prosecuting authority has not yet decided whether to appeal against conviction for culpable homicide
Pistorius is likely to serve ten months behind bars, according to legal experts
Paralympian has left Pretoria High Court and is expected to be transferred to Pretoria Central prison, now known as the Kgosi Mampuru II correctional facility.
Judge Masipa also sentenced the athlete to an additional three years in prison, wholly suspended, for the second count of a firearm contravention.
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