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Oscar Pistorius’ Manslaughter Conviction Changed to Murder Conviction on Appeal
Oscar Pistorius had been under house arrest, serving the first year of a five-year sentence after being found guilty of manslaughter, when news came today from South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal that his conviction would revert to a murder charge, and with it a minimum sentence of 15 years.
Pistorius achieved notoriety as a legless track athlete when he had been charged with the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013 by firing a gun four times through a bathroom door she sat behind.
The change came as the appeals court ruled that the original proceedings didn’t correctly apply the rule of dolus eventualis, which is the expectation that his actions would lead to the death of another.
In all likelihood, this spells the end of Pistorius’ athletic career, as he would be no younger than 44 when emerging from jail. Sentencing will take place sometime in early 2016.
Hat Tip – [BBC]