Oscar Pistorius found guilty of girlfriend's murder by South African Appeals Court

December 03, 2015

 Oscar Pistorius, the South African paraplegic Olympic star was found guilty of murder on Thursday when South Africa's highest Appeals Court overturned a lower court’s ruling of manslaughter.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkampon in 2013.

Pistorius, 29, has already served about a year in prison and is now under house arrest for the manslaughter conviction.

A murder conviction carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

"The appeals court sided with state prosecutors, saying that the manslaughter conviction or culpable homicide, had been based on a misinterpretation of laws and an erroneous dismissal of circumstantial evidence," The New York Times reports.

Pistorius who testified that he shot his girlfriend when he believed his home had been broken into, became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games, in London in 2012.

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