South African Court More Than Doubles Oscar Pistorius's Prison Sentence for Murder

A South African appeals court has today increased the Paralympic athlete's jail sentence for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp from six years to 13 years and 5 months

Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated because of a congenital defect, soared to worldwide fame after becoming the first amputee to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

A South African appeal court more than doubled the prison sentence for Oscar Pistorious for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In July 2016, South Africa's National Prosecuting Agency deemed the murder sentence "shockingly too lenient", announcing plans to appeal for a longer sentence.

Pistorius was given a six-year sentence after the lower court argued mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse, which they believed outweighed his failure to fire a warning shot. He was arrested that same day and later convicted of manslaughter, which was later replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court.

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Pistorius claimed he shot Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 after mistaking her for a burglar.

"They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning", said family spokesperson, Tania Koen.

It remains to be seen if Friday's decision by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal will mean the end of Pistorius's legal saga. Many criticised both sentences as overly lenient. "Shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted", wrote Pistorius' brother Carl on Twitter.

Pistorius should have been sentenced to the prescribed minimum of 15 years for murder, Seriti said, as he delivered the verdict of a panel of five judges at the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein.

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The jail sentence has been extended to 13 years and five months from the previous ruling of six years, according to the BBC.

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

He returned behind bars after his conviction, and is being held at a prison in Pretoria.

Friday's Supreme Court decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence.

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Steenkamp's family said at the time they were "satisfied" with the five-year sentence, even if it wasn't what they were hoping for.

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