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Oscar Pistorius appeal judgment set for Thursday

Oscar Pistorius

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct, 2014 file photo, Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in court in Pretoria South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 that prosecutors can appeal the culpable homicide conviction of Oscar Pistorius, who was acquitted of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool, File)


A decision on whether Oscar Pistorius will be sent back to prison will be announced Thursday by a South African court.

An appeals court could rule Pistorius guilty of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013. The minimum jail sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years.

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, was previously convicted of culpable homicide but not murder, spent nearly one year in prison and was moved to house arrest Oct. 19.

The appeal judgment is scheduled to be announced starting at 2:45 a.m. ET on Thursday.

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