Oscar Pistorius: Appeals Court Doubles Murder Sentence

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When Oscar Pistorius emerged as an Olympic hero, people rallied behind the man who ran on a pair of blades. The athlete had dominated in the Paralympics and won an appeal to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and it was a historic and groundbreaking moment.

Oscar Pistorius

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It’s always good when appeals go in our favor but Pistorius is learning that the outcome can also swing in the opposite direction.

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal reviewed the former runner’s case. In case you missed it, he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his home. 

He was initially sentenced to 6 years in prison which sparked a public outcry. Many felt that the sentence was too lenient, especially since, under South African law, the minimum sentence tends to be 15 years.

So the Appeals court agreed with prosecutors and have now increased Pistorius’ sentence to 15 years which is more than double his original punishment. He will get credit for the year-and-a-half that he’s already been behind bars but he will be there for, another 13 years and change.

There is justice in the world…

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