The Court of Appeal in South Africa found Oscar Pistorius’s sentence “shockingly lenient,” and increased his sentence to the minimum of 15 years. Given that Pistorius served one year and seven months in prison and house arrest, the remainder of his sentence is 13 years and five months commencing from the date of his murder conviction (July 6, 2016).
In the American legal system, it is unheard of for courts of appeal to increase the sentence of a defendant. It may happen under South African law, although it is rare. Pistorius will have to serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.