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Prosecutors to appeal Oscar Pistorius verdict, sentence

Oscar Pistorius

BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 21 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius leaves the Pretoria High Court after he is sentenced on October 21, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down her sentence today in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

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Oscar Pistorius’ verdict (culpable homicide) and sentence (no more than five years in prison) will be appealed by South Africa’s national prosecution, the organization said Monday.

“Prosecutors are now preparing the necessary papers in order to be able to file within the next few days,” the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa said, according to South African media.

“NPA will be appealing both the conviction and sentence,” an NPA spokesperson said on Twitter.

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, was sentenced last Tuesday and could spend less than a year in prison with the rest of his sentence under correctional supervision such as house arrest.

He is barred from competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

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