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Barry Bonds scheduled to be sentenced Friday

December 16, 2011 |  8:52 am

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Baseball great Barry Bonds is scheduled to be sentenced Friday at 11 a.m. in a San Francisco federal courtroom for his felony conviction of obstruction of justice.

In their court filings, federal prosecutors requested that Bonds serve 15 months in prison while defense lawyers recommend that Bonds be sentenced to two years' probation, fined $4,000 and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.

Jurors found Bonds guilty in April of misleading a grand jury investigation into sports doping among professional athletes, proclaiming that his rambling responses were "evasive."

“Bonds’ pervasive efforts to testify falsely, to mislead the grand jury, to dodge questions, and to simply refuse to answer questions in the grand jury makes his conduct worthy of a significant jail sentence,” prosecutors wrote the court last week.

Bonds, 47, was a 14-time all-star and an eight-time Golden Glove award winner during his illustrious baseball career that spanned from 1986 to 2007.

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Photo: Barry Bonds. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

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