Oscar Pistorius

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Oscar Pistorius, gestures,  at the end of the fourth day of  sentencing proceedings in the high court in Pretoria,  South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Following the testimony hearing, which is expected to end this week, Judge Thokozile Masipa will rule on what punishment Pistorius must serve after convicting him of culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.(AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)

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South African prosecutors will appeal the verdict and sentencing of Oscar Pistorius, who was handed a 5-year prison term after being convicted of culpable homicide, the country's National Prosecuting Authority said Monday.

"We are appealing it," said Nathi Mncube Mncube, a prosecution spokesman. "Both conviction and sentence."

Prosecutors will file papers in court, and more details about their appeal arguments will be available at that time, Mncube said.

Pistorius started serving his prison sentence on Oct. 21 after he was acquitted of murder by a judge and found guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home last year.

(AP)

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