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Barry Bonds appeals obstruction conviction

December 22, 2011 |  4:50 pm

Click here to see more photos. Attorneys for Barry Bonds on Thursday formally appealed the San Francisco Giants' great's obstruction-of-justice conviction.

Bonds, 47, was sentenced Friday to two years' probation, 250 hours of community service, 30 days of home confinement and was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine. But U.S. District Judge Susan Illston immediately stayed the sentence pending the appeal.

The former baseball star was convicted last April of one count of obstruction of justice for giving evasive testimony to a federal grand jury eight years ago during an investigation of doping in sports.

PHOTOS: Barry Bonds through the years

Bonds was charged with several counts of perjury and obstruction of justice during the grand jury's probe of the Burlingame, Calif.-based Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, which sold banned substances to athletes.

The trial jury deadlocked on the perjury charges.

Federal sentencing guidelines recommend 15 to 21 months in prison for obstruction, but probation officials told Illston that Bonds' offense warranted much less.

Probation officials cited Bonds' history of charitable and civic works -- works that Bonds' attorneys said he kept private even though they would have enhanced his reputation.

Prosecutors countered that Bonds deserved 15 months in prison for his "pervasive efforts to testify falsely, to mislead the grand jury, to dodge questions, and to simply refuse to answer questions in the grand jury."


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Photo: Former baseball player Barry Bonds waves as he leaves federal court Friday after being sentenced for obstructing justice in a government steroids investigation. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press