South African double amputee and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was convicted Thursday by a South African appeals court of murder. His earlier conviction was of culpable homicide, which is equivalent to manslaughter but less serious charge than murder.
Murder carries a prison sentence of 15 years in South Africa.
In 2013 the 29-year-old athlete killed law graduate and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by shooting her four times through a locked bathroom on Valentine’s Day.
Based on earlier conviction Pistorius was sentenced five-year term behind bars. After serving less than one year he was released in October this year.
Under the South African law one can leave prison after completing one-sixth of the term provided the sentence is five years or below.
Known as Blade Runner, Pistorius has won six gold medals at three Paralympic Games. Both of his legs were amputated when he was just 11 months old.