Federal prosecutors want prison term for Barry Bonds
Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to send former Major League Baseball star Barry Bonds to prison for obstructing a grand jury’s investigation into doping in sports.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle and Associated Press, in court documents filed late Thursday, prosecutors objected to a recommendation by a federal probation officer that Bonds get only probation when he is sentenced later this month for obstruction of justice.
The 47-year-old Bonds, a onetime San Francisco Giants star, was convicted in April for impeding a grand jury investigation into illegal steroid distribution.
Prosecutors have asked that Bonds be sentenced to 15 months in prison, according to media reports. They previously dropped three other counts of perjury against Bonds after the jury in his trial deadlocked on these charges.
Defense attorneys, who during Bonds’ trial accused the government of waging a vendetta against the former home run king, have cited Bonds’ record of charitable giving and community work as a major reason for leniency.
The AP cited Bonds’ lawyers as saying that the probation officer's recommendation for probation stemmed from the fact that other sports figures convicted of similar charges had avoided prison.
-- Ann M. Simmons
Photo: Barry Bonds leaves court earlier this year. Credit: Associated Press