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Oscar Pistorius Walks On Stumps In Court ... I Deserve Mercy

6/15/2016 6:16 AM PDT

Oscar Pistorius -- Walks On Stumps In Court ... I Deserve Mercy (PHOTOS)

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In a move that shocked a South African courtroom, ex-Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius removed his prosthetic legs in court Wednesday -- and walked around on his stumps. 

The move was reportedly to show that Pistorius is a vulnerable man who deserves leniency in the resentencing for the 2013 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar's lawyer told the courtroom he was "embarrassed" and "ashamed" by the demonstration -- but felt is was necessary ... especially since he's looking at a possible 15 year prison sentence. 

Pistorius was previously convicted of manslaughter -- and is living under house arrest as part of his 5 year prison sentence. But the conviction was overturned last year by an appeals court, which upgraded the conviction to murder. 

Pistorius is currently in the sentencing part of that case -- and he's obviously desperate to show why he doesn't belong in prison.

We'll see if it works ...

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