Yesterday, A South African court chose to add more years to Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence. He will now serve 13 years and five months for the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp back in 2013.
Pistorius first was famous for being a double-amputee runner, competing in the 2012 Olympics. He fatally shot his girlfriend four times. He shot through the bathroom door, thinking that someone was trying to rob him. The runner was at home when he says he shot who he thought was an intruder.
After his 2015 murder conviction, Pistorius was only suppose to be in prison for six years.
With his new sentence, Pistorius will not be eligible for parole until 2023.
Back in September of 2014, Pistorius was first convicted of culpable manslaughter. He was then to spend only five years in prison.
Oscar Pistorius Receives New, Longer Sentence For Murdering Girlfriend
The family of Steenkamp was satisfied with the five-year sentence, though they were hoping for longer. However, in 2015, the Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa chose to overturn Oscar’s homicide charge, and instead found him guilty of murder. Under South African law, this specific charge has a minimum sentence of 15 years.
The court said that Oscar is person who knows his way around a firearm. They say that he stopped at the front way of the bathroom. Aware that someone was in the area, he chose to fire four shots through the door. He never said why he chose to shoot.
Be that as it may, the choice sent Oscar back to court to receive his next sentence.
Oscar’s brother, Carl Pistorius, said on Twitter that he was flabbergasted by the new decision.Oscar’s brother, Carl Pistorius, said on Twitter that he was flabbergasted by the new decision. More so at the fact that the court did not believe that his brother was remorseful for his actions.