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Oscar Pistorius won't be eligible for parole anytime soon

Oscar Pistorius won't be eligible for parole anytime soon

Oscar Pistorius has had his murder sentence more than doubled by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal, after the state argued his original jail term of six years was "shockingly too lenient".


The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein increased the prison term after prosecutors argued that the six-year term for murdering Steenkamp in 2013, reports the BBC.

He said Pistorius should have been sentenced to 15 years, but the SCA took into account the time he had already served.

She died on Valentine's Day 2013.

Trial judge Thokozile Masipa originally convicted Pistorius of manslaughter, but the Supreme Court overruled the decision in 2015 and convicted him of murder.

He had been scheduled for release in 2019 but now won't be eligible for parole until 2023 at the earliest. This means that Pistorius has to serve 13 years and five months. He fired four bullets through the bathroom door thinking that an intruder had entered his Pretoria villa. Masipa, the trial judge, sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for murder, effectively only adding a year to his culpable homicide sentence.

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Koen said her parents have closure as the legal process is concerned, but they'll miss her every day.

Her boyfriend, Olympian Oscar Pistorius, now 28, was convicted of culpable homicide, the South African term for unintentionally - but unlawfully - killing a person.

Pistorius' lawyers are able to challenge the Supreme Court's sentence if they lodge an appeal to the Constitutional Court, which is the highest court in South Africa.

Previously, the six-time Paralympic gold medallist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012 in London, running on prosthetic "blades".

"They feel there has been justice for Reeva". "She can now rest in peace".

At a hearing earlier this month at the appeals court, state prosecutors, led by advocate Andrea Johnson, said the athlete had shown no remorse for firing four shots through a locked bathroom door that hit Steenkamp. But at the same time, people must realize that people think this is the end of the road for them.