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Former Baseball Star Barry Bonds Sentenced To Two Years Probation

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Dec. 16 2011, Published 10:30 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

Shamed baseball player Barry Bonds has been sentenced to two years probation and 30 days home confinement for obstruction of justice, stemming from his evasive testimony to a 2003 grand jury during an investigation into steroids in sports.

In the San Francisco, Calif. courtroom on Friday, Bonds, 47, was also ordered by Judge Susan Illston to pay a $4,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.

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A jury convicted the disgraced MLB star last April but 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, reported The prosecution later dropped those 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.

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During his lengthy career, the former San Francisco Giants player won seven National League MVP awards and was a 14-time All-Star. He holds the record for home runs in a single season and career.


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