Barry Bonds found guilty of obstruction of justice; mistrial declared on three other counts
Home run king Barry Bonds has been found guilty of obstruction of justice for impeding a grand jury from moving forward with an investigation of performance-enhancing drugs, a federal jury decided Wednesday.
The three-week trial of the former San Francisco Giant followed the 2003 grand jury investigation into illegal distribution of steroids. He had denied under oath that he knowingly used steroids or human growth hormones and said that he was never injected with the drugs by personal trainer Greg Anderson, L.A. Now reported.
A San Francisco jury of eight women and four men, which has been deliberating since Friday, heard testimony from Anderson, Bonds' girlfriend of nine years Kimberly Bell, his former childhood friend and estranged business partner Steve Hoskins and his younger sister Kathy Hoskins.
The judge declared a mistrial on the three other felony counts of making false statements to a grand jury. Each count carried a possible maximum sentence of 10 years. However, federal sentencing guidelines recommend 15 to 21 months in prison for a conviction, according to L.A. Now.
The conviction could delay the former Giant's induction into the baseball Hall of Fame.
— Nardine Saad
Photo: Barry Bonds leaving federal court in San Francisco. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images