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Prosecutors appeal Oscar Pistorius verdict, sentence

Prosecutors appeal Oscar Pistorius verdict, sentence

The South African prosecution authority confirmed Tuesday it would file an appeal of the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar Pistorius last month. Pistorius was absolved of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the end of a seven-month trial after the state failed to convince judge Thokozile Masipa of Pistorius' intent to kill when he fired through a locked toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home, leading to a conviction for negligent killing and a five-year jail term. "Today, we announce that the NPA will file the application for leave to appeal both the conviction and sentence," the National Prosecuting Authority...