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Pistorius: 'I don't want to go back to jail'

USA TODAY SPORTS USA TODAY SPORTS 24/06/2016 by A.J. Perez

Oscar Pistorius said he doesn’t want to "waste his life sitting” in prison, something that's a real possibility as he awaits sentencing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius told British broadcaster ITV if he were "afforded the opportunity of redemption I would like to help the less fortunate."

"I would like to believe if Reeva could look down upon me she would want me to live that life,” Pistorius said. 

Pistorius — the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics when he represented South Africa in the 2012 London Games — didn’t testify during last week’s sentencing hearing. Pistorius, 29, faces at least 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced on July 6, although Judge Thokozile Masipa could mandate a lesser sentence if circumstances warrant it.

A psychologist called to the witness stand by Pistorius’ defense team testified that Pistorius was a “broken” man who struggles with depression. The psychologist said that Pistorius should be in a psychiatric facility and not prison.

Pistorius: 'I don't want to go back to jail' © Themba Hadebe, AP Pistorius: 'I don't want to go back to jail' While Pistorius didn’t take the witness stand in the sentencing hearing a week ago, he did walk around the courtroom without his prosthetic legs.

“I don’t want to go back to jail,” said Pistorius, who spent about a year in jail before he was granted house arrest in October. “I don’t want to have to waste my life sitting there.”

Pistorius was acquitted in his first trail, although prosecutors challenged that acquittal and a retrial was granted. In 2014, Pistorius was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in the second trial.

That manslaughter conviction was upgraded to murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal in December. 

Pistorius again said that the Valentine's Day 2013 killing was an accident as he shot through the door of a bathroom. He's claimed since the incident that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. 

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