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Barry Bonds to be sentenced for obstruction of justice

December 15, 2011 |  3:12 pm

Photo: Former baseball player Barry Bonds leaving federal court in San Francisco back in April. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated PressFormer San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds may be confined to his home, imprisoned for 15 months or placed on probation when he is sentenced Friday for giving evasive testimony to  a federal grand jury investigating sports doping.

U.S.  District Judge Susan Illston, who presided over Bonds’ perjury trial earlier this year, has sentenced other athletes convicted of lying during the steroid investigation to probation and home confinement. Distributors of  steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs have received prison sentences of three to four months.

Bonds, baseball’s homerun record holder, was tried for lying to a federal grand jury in 2003 that was investigating a Bay Area laboratory that was selling banned substances to athletes. A jury last April deadlocked on all the charges except one—a federal obstruction of justice count for being evasive.


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Photo: Barry Bonds leaving federal court in San Francisco in April. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press