Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence increased to 13 years 5 months

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has increased Oscar Pistorius’ sentence to 13 years and five months for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

It issued the ruling after the prosecution appealed his previous sentence of six years as too lenient.


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

The prosecution called it a deliberate act after the two had an argument.

The court’s decision is “justice for Reeva,” her family’s spokeswoman said, adding that they hope “this is the end of the road and that everyone can move forward.”

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