Pistorius Granted Bail of $692

He plans to appeal murder conviction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 8, 2015 3:29 AM CST
Updated Dec 8, 2015 6:33 AM CST
Oscar Pistorius arrives at a courtroom of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday.   (Herman Verwey)
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(Newser) – A South African judge has granted bail to Oscar Pistorius, pending sentencing for his murder conviction. The country's Supreme Court of Appeal convicted him on Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, overturning a lower court's conviction of the lesser crime of manslaughter. Judge Aubrey Ledwaba of the trial court granted Pistorius bail of $692 and extended his house arrest until his sentencing hearing, which he set for April 18. The judge said Pistorius, who will face a minimum sentence of 15 years for murder, will be placed under electronic monitoring and may only leave his uncle's home between 7am and 12pm. The BBC reports that Pistorius' chief defense lawyer says he plans to appeal the conviction to the country's Constitutional Court. (Read more Oscar Pistorius stories.)

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