A South African appeal court more than doubled the prison sentence for Oscar Pistorious for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The court said Pistorius should have been sentenced to 15 years, but the judges accounted for the time already served by the former track star.
In 2016, a judge sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for shooting Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his house in 2013. It issued the ruling after the prosecution appealed his previous sentence of six years as too lenient.
However, prosecutors on the case called the sentencing "shockingly lenient" and appealed the decision. That conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court in 2015.
"The sentence...with respect to murder is set aside and substituted with the following: the respondent's imprisonment for 13 years and five months", said Judge Legoabe Willie Seriti, according to News 24. Pistorius confessed but claimed that he shot her because he thought she was a burglar.
The Blade Runner shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home on Valentine's Day 2013.
Marco Longari Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Oscar Pistorius awaits summary judgment in his trial
Tania Koen, a spokeswoman for the Steenkamp family, said: "This is an emotional thing for them". He has served a year and five months of his murder sentence.
"They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning". Pistorius was moved from the high security Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria to Atteridgeville, which houses prisoners sentenced to six years or less.
Pistorius' lawyers have one avenue left open to them if they want to challenge the new sentence, and that is to appeal to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa.
It is unclear whether Pistorius will appeal the latest decision to South Africa's Constitutional Court.
Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court a year ago to challenge his murder conviction.
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