Pistorius Convicted Of Murder After All

December 3, 2015


Famed South African Paralympics athlete Oscar Pistorius was re-sentenced, and is now facing a minimum of 15 years in jail.

After the South African Supreme Court convicted Pistorius of manslaughter, it overturned his culpable homicide conviction (due to the State prosecutors’ appeal) and found him guilty of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

The athlete will have to return to court for re-sentencing, and he will not dodge the jail bullet. With a minimum sentence of 15 years, Pistorius will likely spend a great part of his life in jail.

After murdering Steenkamp, Pistorius spent less than a year in prison. Since then, the six-time gold medalist has been under house arrest.

State prosecutors issued an appeal to the Supreme Court, arguing that the original trial judge “misinterpreted the law of dolus eventualis.” The Latin phrase stands for an act which was carried out by the accused knowing it would lead to death and he went through with it anyway.

The horrid crime occurred on Valentine’s Day in 2013. Barry Steenkamp, the victim’s father, said that he’s “satisfied with everything now.”