Prison sentence more than doubled for Oscar Pistorious

Prison sentence more than doubled for Oscar Pistorious

Oscar Pistorius had no appreciation for the gravity of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and displayed a lack of remorse, the Supreme Court of Appeal found before unanimously increasing his sentence to 13 years and five months imprisonment.

The sentence would have been 15 years, only it was reduced to take into account time already served, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal said Friday.

On July 6, 2016, South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in jail, following the murder of his girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Pistorius explained that he had not fired a warning shot as he thought he might be harmed if the bullet ricocheted. After a high-profile trial, he was in 2014 convicted of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years in jail, of which he served 10 months before being put under house arrest.

At the same time, Steenkamp's parents have sent their love to Jayde Panayiatou's parents after her husband, Chris, was sentenced to life in prison for her murder.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013 after shooting four times through a closed toilet cubicle door with his 9 mm pistol.

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However, prosecutors on the case called the sentencing "shockingly lenient" and appealed the decision.

The conviction was later overturned and a murder conviction was set in place in 2015.

"They feel there has been justice for Reeva".

The Organisation Justice for Victims tweeted that 13 years was "still no justice".

The ruling is likely the end of Pistorius' legal options. There is no death penalty in South Africa. "But, if one looks at what the law states, and given the fact that murder does carry the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, I think the decision could be vindicated". Pistorius won't be eligible for parole for at least six years.

Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court a year ago to challenge his murder conviction.

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