Just a few weeks after Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six-years in prison for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the South African prosecutors’ office says it will appeal, calling the ruling “shockingly” lenient.
Papers are expected to be filed Thursday by the National Prosecuting Authority.
South Africa’s minimum sentence for murder is 15 years, but the judge described Pistorius as a ‘good candidate for rehabilitation’ in delivering the lesser sentence.
Prosecutors sought at least the minimum sentence in prison for the 29-year-old Olympian. His defence lawyers had asked for no jail time at all for Pistorius, but rather allow him to do charity work with children.
Pistorius was sentenced on July 6th in connection with the death of Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and reality TV star, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
He shot her several times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.
While Pistorius maintained he killed Steenkamp by mistake thinking she was an intruder, prosecutors argued he killed her intentionally after an argument erupted between the couple.
In 2014, Pistorius was acquitted of murder by a South African judge following a seven-month trial. Instead, he was convicted of manslaughter and served one year in prison.
Prosecutors appealed to South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal before Pistorius’ conviction was upgraded to murder.
The Olympic runner was known for overcoming his disability after having both legs amputated below the knees when he was 11 months old because of a congenital defect.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics.
The Olympic runner was sentenced on July 6th for for shooting Steenkamp at his home in 2013.