Oscar Pistorius Prison Sentence Doubled For Killing Girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius Prison Sentence Doubled For Killing Girlfriend

But on the night of Valentine's Day 2013, Pistorius killed Steenkamp, his girlfriend at the time, while she was in the bathroom.

He was imprisoned past year. "Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court previous year to challenge his murder conviction".

The court in Bloemfontein handed down the minimum 15-year term for murder in South Africa, minus the time he has already served. He was originally sentenced for culpable homicide, then replaced with murder in 2016.

Lawyers for the gold medallist, known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fibre prosthetics, say he did not deliberately kill model and law graduate Steenkamp.

"They have sent all their love to the Ings family because they feel that although justice was serviced for Jayde, they know the Ings family will still miss Jayde every day". An appeals court changed that verdict to murder in December 2015, according to the BBC.

The ruling added that Pistorius "displays a lack of remorse and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions".

Pistorius' brother, Carl, wrote on Twitter: "Shattered".

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Johnson said the High Court did not list the substantial and compelling factors for deviating from the 15-year sentence and that Pistorius had not shown remorse for the murder.

The new sentence was backdated to start on the day he began his murder sentence, on July 6 a year ago. There is no death penalty in South Africa.

Pistorius must serve at least half of the 13 years and five months - almost seven years - before he can be considered for parole. "After the trial‚ he tried to make contact‚" Roux said.

But even though State prosecutors managed to get it upgraded to murder, only one extra year was added to the sentence.

Friday's decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence. Investigators nearly immediately presented a different version of events, as neighbors heard a loud quarrel in Pistorius' house and called the police two hours before the tragedy. Pistorius might now be moved back to a higher security facility.

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

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