South Africa's Supreme Court more than doubled Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence yesterday to 13 years and five months, after the state argued that the original sentence of six years for killing his girlfriend, Ms Reeva Steenkamp, was "shockingly lenient".
It today overturned a six-year sentence handed down by the High Court in Pretoria and replaced it with a sentence of thirteen years and five months.
But on the night of Valentine's Day 2013, Pistorius killed Steenkamp, his girlfriend at the time, while she was in the bathroom.
Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled the state failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Pistorius was guilty of premeditated murder, but may still be guilty of culpable homicide - equivalent to the United Kingdom law of manslaughter.
Justice Legoabe Willie Seriti said Pistorius has yet to offer a sufficient explanation for why he fired those four shots and has failed to show honest remorse.
The record-breaker was the first-ever amputee to run at the Olympics.
"This is an emotional thing for them. She can now rest in peace", lawyer Tania Koen told The Associated Press. Pistorius confessed but claimed that he shot her because he thought she was a burglar.
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"They have sent all their love to the Ings family because they feel that although justice was serviced for Jayde, they know the Ings family will still miss Jayde every day". He was imprisoned a year ago.
The ruling is likely the end of Pistorius' legal options.
Pistorius' brother, Carl, wrote on Twitter: "Shattered".
The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but individual judges can lower the sentence if there are "substantial and compelling" reasons to do so.
"The respondent had already served 12 months imprisonment and corrective supervision for a period of seven months".
The judge described Pistorius as a "fallen hero" who will never be at peace and sentenced him to six years in prison.
Pistorius can appeal the new sentence, according to Kelly Phelps, an adviser to his defense team, but no decision has been made.