Barry Bonds sentenced to house arrest, probation

(AP) -- Barry Bonds was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest and two years of probation for giving misleading testimony before a grand jury. A judge then stayed the sentence pending an appeal.

A jury convicted Bonds in April of purposely answering questions about steroids with rambling non sequiturs in an attempt to mislead a grand jury investigating sports doping in December 2003. Bonds' trial jury deadlocked on three other charges accusing Bonds of perjury for allegedly lying when he denied taking performance-enhancing drugs and receiving injections from someone other than his doctor.

Prosecutors in September dropped those deadlocked charges, foregoing another trial.

Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of 15 months and noted that baseball's career home runs leader has never accepted responsibility for his actions.

"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.




 
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