Prosecutors in Oscar Pistorius Case Lose Bid to Appeal 6-Year Sentence

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Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa at the High Court in Pretoria on Friday. Last month, she gave Mr. Pistorius a six-year term, far shorter than the 15-year minimum sought by prosecutors.

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A judge in South Africa refused on Friday to grant prosecutors permission to appeal the six-year prison sentence she gave the double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, saying an appeal would not have a reasonable chance of success.

Mr. Pistorius, who is serving the prison sentence for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013, did not appear in court.

Last month, the judge, Thokozile Matilda Masipa of the High Court in Pretoria, gave Mr. Pistorius a…

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