Oscar Pistorius' Prison Sentence Increased, Will Serve 13 Years, 5 Months More

Oscar Pistorius' Prison Sentence Increased, Will Serve 13 Years, 5 Months More

A South African court on Friday increased to 13 years and five months paralympian Oscar Pistorius's prison sentence for killing his girlfriend.

The new sentence was set out to be 15 years but Pistorious has already served 18 months in jail.

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

Prosecutors again petitioned the court, claiming the sentence was lenient.

The BBC reports that a lower court had "justified the six-year sentence by citing mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse".

Judge Masipa initially found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide and in October 2014 sentenced him to five years imprisonment, but re-sentenced him to six years after the state appealed and the SCA in December 2015 found him guilty of murder.

The Paralympic running world champion was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

"This is an emotional thing for them".

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

Judge Masipa ruled that although the Steenkamps had suffered a great loss, Pistorius' life and career were also in ruins.

It is unclear whether Pistorius will appeal the latest decision to South Africa's Constitutional Court. He served 10 months of a five-year sentence before being placed under house arrest. He was reportedly not in court on Friday to hear the decision on his sentence. Pistorius was moved from the high security Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria to Atteridgeville, which houses prisoners sentenced to six years or less. "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.

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