Published: Sat, November 25, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Oscar Pistorius' jail term lengthened to 13 years

Oscar Pistorius' jail term lengthened to 13 years

The court said Pistorius should have been sentenced to 15 years, but the judges accounted for the time already served by the former track star. Prosecutors argued that the initial sentence was "shockingly light" compared to the country's minimum 15-year-sentence for murder.

Prosecutors called the six-year sentence much too lenient and the Supreme Court agreed, saying in a full written ruling released later that "the sentence of six years' imprisonment is shockingly lenient to a point where it has the effect of trivialising this serious offence".

The judge described Pistorius as a "fallen hero" who will never be at peace and sentenced him to six years in prison.

Pistorius became the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics and was even known as the "fastest man on no legs" and the "Blade Runner".

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Pistorius has said that he thought an intruder had broken into his home and he shot Steenkamp by mistake.

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

"This is an emotional thing for them".

Pistorius was imprisoned in July previous year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.

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Pistorius was originally sentenced to five years in prison in 2014.

It is unclear whether Pistorius will appeal the latest decision to South Africa's Constitutional Court.

Pistorius can appeal the new sentence, according to Kelly Phelps, an adviser to his defense team, but no decision has been made. "Pistorius' lawyers have just one avenue open to them if they want to challenge the new sentence handed down by the Supreme Court, and that is to appeal to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa", the AP says.

Pistorius was jailed in July 2016 after being found guilty on appeal of murdering Ms Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

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