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Oscar Pistorius prosecutors consult with expert over whether to appeal verdict

  • Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 after judge Thokozile Masipais sentence Pistorius to five years imprisonment for culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend  Reeva Steenkamp last year.  (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, Pool)

    Oscar Pistorius sits in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 after judge Thokozile Masipais sentence Pistorius to five years imprisonment for culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Oscar Pistorius, rear right, is led to a awaiting police vehicle to be taken to prison outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius was handed down a five-year sentence by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.  (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras, Independent Newspapers)  SOUTH AFRICA OUT

    Oscar Pistorius, rear right, is led to a awaiting police vehicle to be taken to prison outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius was handed down a five-year sentence by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras, Independent Newspapers) SOUTH AFRICA OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Oscar Pistorius, stands for sentencing in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)

    Oscar Pistorius, stands for sentencing in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius case have consulted with a criminal law expert over a possible appeal, which means the Olympic runner could face a murder conviction again.

Prosecution spokesman Nathi Mncube confirmed Friday that chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel has consulted with Prof. James Grant over appealing.

Grant wrote on Twitter that he has advised Nel to appeal and agreed to assist prosecutors.

Criminal experts have said there may be grounds for prosecutors to appeal Judge Thokozile Masipa's decision to acquit Pistorius of murder for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Masipa instead found the double-amputee athlete guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Pistorius was given a five-year prison sentence. He faces a minimum of 15 years in jail if found guilty of murder on appeal.