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Barry Bonds should get 15 months in prison, prosecutors say

December 9, 2011 |  8:29 am


Former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds should get 15 months in prison for obstructing a grand jury’s investigation into doping in sports, federal prosecutors recommended to a judge this week.

In court documents filed late Thursday, prosecutors said Bonds’ actions were part of "a calculated plan to obfuscate and distract the grand jury from getting to the truth" in its investigation of a laboratory that distributed performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Bonds is scheduled to be sentenced next Friday.

Prosecutors also argued that Bonds' sworn denials that he had knowingly taken steroids and human-growth hormone were "patently false," even though a jury deadlocked on three charges that he had committed perjury, according to the Chronicle.

Defense attorneys, who accused the government of waging a vendetta against Bonds during the home run king’s trial, have cited Bonds’ record of charitable giving and community work as a major reason for leniency.

The Associated Press cited Bonds’ lawyers as saying that a probation officer's recommendation that Bonds be placed on probation stemmed from the fact that other sports figures convicted of similar charges had avoided prison.


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Photo: Barry Bonds leaves court earlier this year. Credit: Associated Press