Oscar Pistorius Files Murder Conviction Appeal Application

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Oscar Pistorius Is Sentenced For Killing Girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court after the fifth day of sentencing in Pretoria, South Africa, on Oct. 17, 2014.

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Oscar Pistorius filed an application to South Africa’s Constitutional Court to appeal his murder conviction for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013, his lawyer said.

“We filed the application for leave to appeal today,” lawyer Brian Webber said by phone. Pistorius was originally convicted of culpable homicide, but the judgment was overturned in December by the South African Supreme Court of Appeal.

The Paralympic gold medalist could face a 15-year jail term if the appeal is unsuccessful. He was granted 10,000 rand ($600) bail and ordered to remain under house arrest after the Dec. 8 conviction. The athlete has been serving part of his previous five-year sentence for culpable homicide at his uncle’s home.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp with four hollow-point bullets in his bathroom.

Since the shooting, Pistorius lost sponsorship deals with companies including Nike Inc., Luxottica Group SpA’s Oakley and Ossur hf.

Known as the Blade Runner because of his J-shaped prosthetic blades, Pistorius won six Paralympic gold medals and was the first double-amputee runner to compete at the Olympic Games. He was born without fibula in both legs, which were amputated when he was 11 months old.

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