South Africa's Appeal court changes Pistorius's jail sentence to 15 years

South Africa's Appeal court changes Pistorius's jail sentence to 15 years

South Africa's Appeal court changes Pistorius's jail sentence to 15 years

According to the Guardian, 15 years is the minimum sentence for murder and the court subtracted the time Pistorious, 31, has already served.

It today overturned a six-year sentence handed down by the High Court in Pretoria and replaced it with a sentence of thirteen years and five months. He served 10 months of a five-year sentence before being placed under house arrest.

The former Olympic and Paralympic sprinter killed Steenkamp at his home in an upscale Pretoria neighborhood on Valentine's Day 2013 - an act he says was an accident after he mistook her for an intruder.

State prosecutors said they would appeal, arguing there had been no mitigating circumstances to give such a sentence.

Technically, Pistorius should be eligible for parole after serving half of his jail term.

Justice Legoabe Willie Seriti said Pistorius has yet to offer a sufficient explanation for why he fired those four shots and has failed to show honest remorse.

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"I find it hard on the evidence to accept that the respondent is genuinely remorseful", Seriti wrote in his decision.

After Judge Masipa initially refused leave to appeal against the sentence, the State approached the SCA, arguing that six years imprisonment for murder was shockingly inappropriate and would set a bad precedent. "To my mind, the attempt by the respondent to apologize to the deceased's family does not demonstrate any genuine remorse on his part".

The Supreme Court said that Pistorius "displays a lack of remorse, and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions".

In 2012, he became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied runners at the London Olympics, adding to his fame as the "Blade Runner", a reference to his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs.

Attorney Marius du Toit, a legal expert in South Africa, told News 24 he thought the 13 years was "a heavy sentence".

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