Report: State to appeal Oscar Pistorius judgment, sentence

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Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius is seen during his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria on Thursday, 3 July 2014. Pistorius is accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who was fatally shot inside his home. Picture: Herman Verwey/Media24/Pool

(CNN) — The state will appeal the judgment and sentence in the Oscar Pistorius case, South Africa’s national prosecuting authority said Monday, according to state-run media.

Pistorius was sentenced last week to five years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“Since the 20th of October 2014 the prosecution team … have been hard at work studying the judgment, researching, and also consulting with legal experts with the view to establish whether or not there are sufficient grounds to appeal both the judgment and sentence,” spokesman Nathi Mncube said in a statement reported by the South African Press Association.

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