Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing this week

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Posted: Oct 12, 2014 10:21 AM
Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing this week

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing this week in a South African court after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The sentencing of the double-amputee athlete is expected to involve several days of legal argument and testimony during which Judge Thokozile Masipa will assess what kind of penalty Pistorius deserves for shooting Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home.

The sentence for a conviction for culpable homicide, or negligent killing, is at the judge's discretion and can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to as much as 15 years in prison.

Pistorius will return to the courtroom Monday for the first time since his conviction last month. He is currently free on bail.