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. yannaes

    Are we surprised?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Oh, how will he ever survive ? Thirty days house arrest and two years probation. My god, where's the humanity ?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • kindasorta

      It should be 30 days sitting in front of a mirror.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bertmanstein

    House arrest in a $10,000,000 mansion. Way to drop the hammer judge!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. koto

    I think the police needs to check john's computer. He might be a boy rapist.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kent Hendrson

    How much did this trial cost? So, for 30 days of watching TV, how much does this cost per day. What a waste. The time, the money, and that steroid using pretender.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. koto

    Sorry john that was meant for kindasorta. Lol

    December 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • kindasorta

      That seems to be your area of preoccupation.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. government cheese

    Holder said that he won't prosecute 'his' people.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prozac For Toothless Trailer Park Dwellers

      You sound like a Toothless Trailer Park delusional RACIST that Pres. Obama is trying cover your dental insurance for you. How's that?
      Your so-called legal system failed you based on the same laws that applies to you ........... right? And now you’re insanely angry simply 'cos you were expecting a different outcome ...... Right?
      Now put on your coward white pillow sheet and DEAL with it. The law doesn’t change in mid-stream during tsunami.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tellezr

    Still guilty. That is that same as being a leaves a "stank"
    that you cannot rid yourself off, no matter how many times you try.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe D

    Lying under oath and getting away with it. Is it because he is black?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      No it's becasue he has money!!!

      December 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waste of time

      No. Its because this was stupid and a waste of taxpayer money to begin with.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Yeah, that must be it.. because his money and fame had nothing to do with it.. it was because he is black. I mean, look at how few black men are in prison these days! Those darned blacks... they get breaks on everything, don't they?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Will

    If he were black they would have thrown the book at him!!

    ...oh, wait...

    December 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      If only he were rich or famous, he would have gotten away with it... oh wait.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. j

    30 days??? Oooooooooooooooo............

    December 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stan

    I think it's fair... I'm not in favor of actual jail time. But why appeal the decision? What's 30 days at home? Get it over with and let's move on.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Stan, I don't think probation is adequate for lying in court. If probation is all you get why tell the truth?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joshua Ludd

    Wow.. if only he had been a pretty young white woman like Lindsey Lohan.. they he could have gotten away with no time in jail at all.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jon

    How really cares. Someone kill and 2 year old girl and get off scott free but we are all worried about someone going to jail because he lied about taking steroids.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chilly g

    he should only do community service that way he be able to serve the community because sending me to jail for this
    is not worth it.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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