Barry Bonds Sentenced to Two Years’ Probation, 30 Days House Confinement

by Jason Epstein

The judge presiding over the Barry Bonds perjury trial has sentenced the all-time and single-season homerun king.

Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today has the details.

Baseball’s all-time home run leader was sentenced today to two years of probation and 30 days of home confinement for his April 13 felony conviction of obstructing justice, stemming from charges that he intentionally misled a 2003 grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO) steroids scandal.

The sentence was stayed pending an appeal by the defense.

Federal guidelines called for 15-21 months in jail as punishment, and prosecutors had requested that Bonds be sentenced to 15 months, but U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston followed the recommendations of the probation officer in handing out a lesser penalty.

This Tweet suggests that Judge Illston should have been a bit more creative with the punishment.

More here.

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