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Bonds Appeals Conviction for U.S. Steroids Probe Obstruction

December 28, 2011

Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball’s career home-run record holder, will appeal his conviction and sentence of two years’ probation for obstructing a U.S. probe of steroid use in professional sports.

The former San Francisco Giants outfielder filed a notice of appeal Dec. 21 in federal court in San Francisco. He was sentenced to probation instead of prison time on Dec. 16 and was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to spend 30 days in home confinement with a location monitoring device, pay a $4,000 fine and serve 250 hours of community service.

Illston said Bonds deserved a lighter sentence than the 15- month to 21-month prison term his conduct could have warranted because other athletes convicted in the steroids probe had received only probation and Bonds’s conduct was out of character. Prosecutors had asked Illston to send Bonds to prison for 15 months.

Bonds, 47, was found guilty of obstruction in April for what prosecutors called his evasive response in 2003 before a federal grand jury. Asked if his trainer, Greg Anderson, ever gave him anything that required a syringe for injection, Bonds didn’t immediately say yes or no. In a 146-word response, he spoke about being a “celebrity child” who didn’t “get into other people’s business.” In the end, he answered, “No.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Parrella in San Francisco declined to comment on the appeal filing.

The case is U.S. v. Bonds, 07-00732, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

--With assistance from Karen Gullo in San Francisco. Editors: Peter Blumberg, Andrew Dunn

To contact the reporter on this story: Joel Rosenblatt in San Francisco at jrosenblatt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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