Pistorius gets prison sentence doubled to 13 years

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(TSX / STATS) -- Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinting champion from South Africa, had his prison sentence for the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp more than doubled on Friday to 13 years, five months.

The stunning decision by the South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal reserved the original six-year sentence, one termed "shockingly lenient" by the appeals court.

Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said the panel of judges voted unanimously in favor of the tougher sentence.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day 2013 and prosecutors said it occurred after an argument, while Pistorius claimed he thought there was an intruder in the house.

Steenkamp hid from Pistorus in a bathroom and he fired four shots through the closed door.

Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, could have been released on parole in 2019. With the new sentence, the earliest he could be paroled is 2023.

Pistorius became a popular world-wide figure after becoming the first amputee to run at the Olympics when he competed in the 2012 London Games. His nickname was the "Blade Runner."

Both of Pistorius' legs were amputated below the knees when he was 11 months old because of a congenital defect.

Updated November 24, 2017

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