Prose­cu­tors to ap­peal Pis­to­rius’ ‘le­nient’ sen­tence

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The South African pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice says it plans to ap­peal Os­car Pis­to­rius’ six-year jail sen­tence for mur­der, ar­gu­ing it is “shock­ingly” le­nient.

South African Olympian Os­car Pis­to­rius was sen­tenced to six years in jail ear­lier this month for mur­der­ing his girl­friend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.

The sen­tence was re­duced from the pre­scribed min­i­mum sen­tence of 15 years. Judge Thokozile Masipa cited mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances such as his re­morse, the time he spent in jail for his orig­i­nal sen­tence, and the fact that he was not wear­ing his pros­thetic legs at the time of the crime in re­duc­ing the sen­tence.

Dur­ing the trial, Pis­to­rius claimed he mis­took Steenkamp for an in­truder when he shot four times through a locked bath­room door, killing her, on Valen­tine’s Day, 2013. Prose­cu­tors ar­gued he meant to kill Steenkamp.

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