December 16th, 2011
02:46 PM ET

Bonds sentenced to 30 days of house arrest; appeal pending

[Updated at 3:21 p.m. ET] Baseball legend Barry Bonds was sentenced Friday to 30 days of house arrest for an obstruction of justice conviction in connection with his 2003 testimony to a federal grand jury investigating pro athletes' illegal steroids use.

But the sentence, which also includes two years of probation and a $4,000 fine, will be put on hold pending an appeal.

The sentencing came in a San Francisco federal courtroom near the ballpark where he broke Hank Aaron's major league home run record in 2007. Federal prosecutors had wanted Bonds, 47, to serve 15 months in prison, according to a sentencing memo filed in court earlier this month.

Jurors who found Bonds guilty in April said he was evasive in his December 2003 testimony, which was part of the BALCO investigation that targeted employees of a California drug testing laboratory and Bonds' personal trainer Greg Anderson.

The testimony that led to Bonds' conviction came when a grand jury prosecutor asked him whether Anderson ever gave him "anything that required a syringe to inject yourself with."

Bonds told the grand jury that only his personal doctors "ever touch me," and he then veered off the subject to say he never talked baseball with Anderson. In closing arguments two weeks ago, a federal prosecutor said Bonds lied to the grand jury because he knew the truth about his steroids use would "tinge his accomplishments" and hurt his baseball career. Defense lawyers had argued that Bond' thought the creams and ointments Anderson was giving him were made of flaxseed oils.

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  1. TPF

    Waste of time and money on a THUG!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. billy jester

    here's one guy who really should have gone to jail!!!!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kindasorta

    Bonds is Bonds. What about the sentencing Judge? Wanna bet he got a free authograph?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • kindasorta

      Make that "autograph."

      December 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rick

    Ummm... wow... now that trial was WORTH all of that MILLIONS spent for absolutely nothing.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Adam Sanborne

    Why do half of you insist on bringing race into the equation? This an issue of a baseball player and steroids. The real shame is the amount of money taxpayers wasted on this, as many have stated.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Softail

    he should have done time...but then none of them ever get real punshment

    December 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. taxman

    Just as I thought he would walk free. He should be made to give back the home run record to Hank Aaron and all the season high homers hit should not be in the record books. He was so pumped up with sterioids. No justice here. I guess it shows that money can buy anything including the court system.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kindasorta

    You know, Barry, I thought I was putting water in the fuel tank on my car all these years. I would be surprised to learn that it was gasoline.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jdoe

    Wasted time and taxpayer money for nothing.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Walker

    Well worth the $20 million dollars to prosecute him, what a joke.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gatorfanatic

    Really?? That's it?? Hmmmmm crime DOES pay!!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kindasorta

    Baseball is considering the construction of a Hall of Infamy in Hell, Kansas. Bonds is a unanimous first ballot shoo-in, in a class that includes Sosa, McGwire, Palmeiro, Juan Gon, A-Roid, Rocker, and Petey Rose.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. EJ

    It just shows that the prosecutors reached too far in trying to shame Bonds. They should've offered probation up front; the results would've been the same. Both parties paid out way too much $$$.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. koto

    You know who is gonna get a lot of jail time, the dirty peodophile sandansky. White folks let talk about that and leave barry bonds alone. Haters.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • kindasorta

      This is a blog about Barry. Talk about Sandusky under a Sandusky article.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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