Oscar Pistorius' jail term increased to 13 years

Oscar Pistorius just got the book thrown at him because South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal more than doubled his sentence

A South African court on Friday (November 24) increased paralympian Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to 13 years and five months.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) says the sentence handed down on Oscar Pistorius by judge Thokozile Masipa was shockingly lenient to the point of trivialising his crime. He pleaded not guilty at his trial in 2014 and has always denied that he killed Steenkamp in a rage, saying he mistook her for a burglar.

Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was too short, reports the BBC.

Introducing SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV, your new home for classic sports movies, award-winning documentaries, original sports programming and features. An appeals court changed that verdict to murder in December 2015, according to the BBC.

"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". "She can now rest in peace", lawyer Tania Koen told The Associated Press. "But at the same time, people must realize that people think this is the end of the road for them. the fact is they still live with Reeva's loss every day". To date, he has served just over a year of that six-year sentence. He was imprisoned previous year.

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

The court gave Pistorius credit for the year-and-a-half already served so he must now spend 13 years and months behind bars
The court gave Pistorius credit for the year-and-a-half already served so he must now spend 13 years and months behind bars

The new sentence was backdated to start on the day he began his murder sentence, on July 6 past year.

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

"I did not expect the Supreme Court of Appeal to hand down such a lengthy sentence of imprisonment", legal analyst Ulrich Roux said on the eNCA news channel. He served 10 months of a five-year sentence before being placed under house arrest. The court agreed and the sentence is now 13 years.

The judge described Pistorius as a "fallen hero" who will never be at peace and sentenced him to six years in prison. Pistorius might now be moved back to a higher security facility.

Murders usually earn a minimum sentence of 15 years in South Africa, but the judge said Pistorius had been vulnerable on his stumps, and had tried to save Steenkamp's life after shooting her.

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