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Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, a decision that more than doubled the Olympic runner's jail term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Masipa initially found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide and in October 2014 sentenced him to five years imprisonment, but re-sentenced him to six years after the state appealed and the SCA in December 2015 found him guilty of murder.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp by firing four shots through a locked toilet door on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He received a six-year sentence for this original conviction.

In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said a panel of judges unanimously upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius' original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013.

In 2012, he became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied runners at the London Olympics, adding to his fame as the "Blade Runner", a reference to his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs.

"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".

The ruling is likely the end of Pistorius' legal options.

Pistorius' brother, Carl, wrote on Twitter: "Shattered". He served 10 months of a five-year sentence before being placed under house arrest. "After the trial‚ he tried to make contact‚" Roux said. Fifteen years is the country's usual minimum sentence for murder.

Pistorius must serve at least half of the 13 years and five months - almost seven years - before he can be considered for parole.

The athlete was originally convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in jail. Pistorius might now be moved back to a higher security facility.

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his sentencing hearing at North Gauteng High Court on June 13, 2016 in Pretoria.


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