June date set for Oscar Pistorius' murder sentencing

Wednesday March 30th, 2016

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South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius will appear in court and be sentenced for murder from June 13 and 17.

Pistorius, 29, was denied the right to appeal his murder conviction for shooting and killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentines Day in 2013.

The sentencing was originally slated to take place in December, but was pushed back to 2016.

Without a death penalty in South Africa, Pistorius faces a maximum of 15 years in jail. He is currently out on bail and living in his uncle's mansion. Pistorius was originally convicted of manslaughter but was upgraded to a murder by an appeals court last December as the original judge made a “fundamentally flawed” judgment in their ruling.

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Pistorius served less than a year in prison before being released.

Pistorius and his defense team continue to make the case that he fired his gun four times through a bathroom door as a method of self-defense with the fear of a trespasser in his home.

Pistorius is best known for becoming the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics as he made the semifinal round of the men's 400 meters.

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