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BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on October 15, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but convicted him of culpable homicide. Today, Sentencing continues today. (Photo by Antoine de Ras/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius arrives at the Pretoria High Court on October 15, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Oscar Pistorius not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing continues today. (Photo by Deaan Vivier/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Aimee Pistorius (L) and Carl Pistorius (R), Oscar Pistorius' brother and sister, arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 15, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Arnold Pistorius, the uncle of Oscar Pistorius, arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 15, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Barry Steenkamp arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 15, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 15: Carl Pistorius, brother of Oscar Pistorius, arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 15, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 14 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius talks to his defence team in the Pretoria High Court for sentencing in his murder trial on October 14, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing continues today. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 14 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Oscar Pistorius hugs his brother Carl Pistorius as he arrives in the Pretoria High Court for sentencing in his murder trial on October 14, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing continues today. (Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius gestures at the High Court in Pretoria on October 14, 2014, during his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / Themba Hadebe (Photo credit should read THEMBA HADEBE/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 14: News broadcasters report from outside North Gauteng High Court on October 14, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius looks down while his phycologist gives evidences during his sentencing hearing at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 13:  Oscar Pistorius arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 13, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 13:  Oscar Pistorius arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 13, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 13:  Oscar Pistorius arrives at North Gauteng High Court on October 13, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius will be sentenced having been found guilty of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.  (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (R) looks on while listening to one of his defence lawyers at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/MUJAHID SAFODIEN (Photo credit should read MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (R) talks to one of his defence lawyers at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria on October 13, 2014. Fallen paralympic hero Oscar Pistorius returns to court today at the start of his sentencing hearing after he was convicted of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, with his lawyers set to argue for leniency. The double-amputee track star last month escaped a murder conviction in a verdict that shocked the country and fuelled criticism of South Africa's legal system. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Oscar Pistorius eanters the North Gauteng High Court on September 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius outside the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year. Judge Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu//Gallo Image/Getty Images)
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (C) leaves the High Court in Pretoria on September 12, 2014 after the verdict was handed down in his murder trial where he was found guilty of culpable homicide. Oscar Pistorius was on found guilty of culpable homicide on September 12 and faced a potential lengthy jail term for shooting dead his glamorous girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, in a case that shattered the Paralympian hero's glittering career. Pistorius was acquitted of a more serious charge of murder, but South African Judge Thokozile Masipa said that he had acted 'negligently' in killing the blonde law graduate, named as one of the world's 100 sexiest women. AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS (Photo credit should read STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Advocate Barry Roux speaks to the media outside the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year. Judge Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu//Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Henke Pistorius outside the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year. Judge Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu//Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 12, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius has been acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year. Judge Masipa found him guilty of culpable homicide. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu//Gallo Image/Getty Images)
Escorted by police and security, Oscar Pistorius leaves the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. In passing judgement judge Thokozile Masipa ruled out a murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but said he was negligent and convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Oscar Pistorius leaves court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. In passing judgement judge Thokozile Masipa ruled out a murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but said he was negligent and convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing procedures will start Oct. 13. (AP Photo)
Oscar Pistorius leaves court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. In passing judgement judge Thokozile Masipa ruled out a murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but said he was negligent and convicted him of culpable homicide. Sentencing procedures will start Oct. 13. (AP Photo)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Kim Ludbrook/ - Pool/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius's father Henke Pistorius kisses the hand of his daughter Aimee Pistorius while part of the judgment is handed down in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Reeva Steenkamp's parents, Barry Steenkamp and June Steenkamp sit in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius's laywer Barry Roux sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Members of the public try to get a glimpse of Oscar Pistorius outside North Gauteng High Court on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Members of the public try to get a glimpse of Oscar Pistorius outside North Gauteng High Court on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Members of the public try to get a glimpse of Oscar Pistorius outside North Gauteng High Court on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Aimee Pistorius, the sister of Oscar Pistorius, leaves North Gauteng High Court for a lunch break on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Aimee Pistorius, the sister of Oscar Pistorius, leaves North Gauteng High Court for a lunch break on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Lois Pistorius and Arnold Pistorius, the aunt and uncle of Oscar Pistorius, leave North Gauteng High Court during the lunch break as Judge Thokozile Masipa considers her verdict on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Barry Roux, the lawyer of Oscar Pistorius leaves North Gauteng High Court during the break for lunch on September 11, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to deliver her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, aged 27, comes to an end. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he denies the allegation claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder inside their home on Valentines Day 2013. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius's family sit in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Kim Ludbrook - Pool/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Reeva Steenkamp's mother June Steenkamp and uncle Michael Steenkamp sit in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Kim Ludbrook - Pool/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Kim Ludbrook/ - Pool/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Reeva Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa has began delivering her verdict. (Photo by Phill Magakoe/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE. PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: udge Thokozile Masipa reads her verdict in the murder trial of paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius, stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. This is his' official trial, the result of which will determine the paralympian athlete's fate. Judge Masipa has began delivering her verdict. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA/Gallo Image/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Reeva Steenkamp's parents June and Barry Steenkamp sit in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Kim Ludbrook - Pool/I/EPA/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius stands in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Kim Ludbrook - Pool/I/EPA/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Kim Ludbrook - Pool/I/EPA/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Kim Ludbrook - Pool/I/EPA/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Judge Thokozile Masipa sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius's brother Carl Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: (BY COURT ORDER, THIS IMAGE IS FREE TO USE) Oscar Pistorius sits in the Pretoria High Court on September 11, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict as the six month trial of Olympic double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius comes to an end today. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. (Photo Phill Magakoe - Pool/Independent Newspapers/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Oscar Pistorius was being portrayed as a "poor victim" ahead of his sentencing for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the chief prosecutor said Tuesday.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel was cross-examining Pistorius' agent, Peet van Zyl, on the second day of a sentencing hearing in South Africa for the double-amputee Olympic runner who was found guilty last month of culpable homicide by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

The judge has wide latitude when deciding on a sentence. Pistorius, 27, could receive a fine and a suspended jail sentence or as many as 15 years in prison.

Another defense witness, social worker Annette Vergeer, recommended against prison time for Pistorius, saying South African jails are violent and overcrowded and that the athlete would be under particular duress because of his disability and fragile mental state following Steenkamp's killing. Additionally, Vergeer said, Pistorius has the potential to be a productive member of society again and a sentence of house arrest that includes periods of work at a school for disabled children would be more appropriate.

Prison "will not assist him but will break him as a person," she said. "The exposure of the accused on his stumps to inmates will have a severe effect on him."

Agent van Zyl was called to testify by Pistorius' defense lawyers, who are arguing that Masipa should be lenient on the multiple Paralympic champion, who they say has suffered emotionally and financially after the shooting. Van Zyl testified Monday regarding what he called Pistorius' extensive charity work before the Feb. 14, 2013 shooting death of Steenkamp and said that Pistorius had now lost all his product endorsements because of the killing.

Cross-examining van Zyl, Nel said "You view Mr. Pistorius as a poor victim of this case."

Van Zyl denied that.

Pistorius Sentencing Enters Second Day

Nel also questioned Pistorius' motives for getting involved in charity work, saying it was a smart career move for athletes to lend their names to good causes and that he was obligated to participate in such activities for their sponsors.

"They market themselves by being involved in charity," Nel said. "It's merely an advancement of your career to become involved."

Van Zyl said it could be perceived that way, but added: "I think that a lot of sportsmen really want to make a difference and to contribute."

Nel challenged van Zyl after he said "maybe there would still have been some opportunities" for Pistorius were it not for alleged inaccuracies in media reporting on the case. Van Zyl said that, since the killing, he had received some invitations asking Pistorius to address audiences and share his life story.

"The legacy that he's left behind is still relevant today," he said.

The prosecutor appeared incredulous at van Zyl's remarks, suggesting Pistorius' manager was blaming the media and others, including prosecutors, for the predicament of a man who had killed a young woman by firing four hollow-point bullets through a toilet door. Masipa found Pistorius not guilty of premeditated murder and of murder for shooting Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door in his home in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013. He testified he mistook her for an intruder about to attack him and denied prosecution assertions that he shot her during an argument.

Pistorius' sentencing hearing is expected to last around a week.

Defense lawyers have also called a social worker, who testified that correctional supervision for three years with periods of house arrest would be a suitable sentence for Pistorius. Prosecutors have insisted he should go to prison for killing Steenkamp.

Pistorius in 2012 became the first amputee to run at the Olympics.

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Imray reported from Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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