• South African state appeal seeks Pistorius murder conviction


    BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa: South African state prosecutors will on Tuesday argue in court for Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of murder and sent back to jail, two weeks after he was released on house arrest. The disgraced Paralympic sprinter was found guilty last year of culpable homicide—a charge equivalent to manslaughter—after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013. At the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, state prosecutors will try to convince judges that Pistorius should be found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison. He was released on October 19 — just one year into his five-year jail term—to spend the remainder of his sentence at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria.



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