South Africa: Pistorius to be sentenced in June for murder

BY foxsports • April 18, 2016

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) South Africa's former Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius appeared briefly in a Pretoria court where a judge scheduled five days in June to determine his sentence for the conviction of murdering his girlfriend.

The 29-year-old double amputee sprinter, who was found guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, was greeted by a small group of supporters outside the court.

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba said the sentencing hearing for Pistorius will be held from June 13 to 17.

Pistorius had appealed his murder conviction at South Africa's Constitutional Court, arguing that a lower court erred when it overturned his manslaughter conviction and found him guilty of murder. The Constitutional Court judges dismissed his appeal.

The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, though it can be reduced.


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