Barry Bonds, holder of baseball's career home run record and former San Francisco Giants superstar, was put on probation for obstructing justice in the BALCO steroids scandal.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston rejected a plea by federal prosecutors to punish Bonds with a 15-month prison term on his felony conviction for obstruction of justice. She also agreed to postpone imposing the sentence pending appeal.
In April, the former slugger was found guilty of equivocating under oath about his use of banned drugs in 2003 testimony before a federal grand jury. In Bonds' trial, the jury deadlocked on three perjury charges. Bonds' lawyers have said they would appeal his conviction.
Bonds declined to speak at the hearing. He listened impassively as the judge read the sentence.
The judge put Bonds on two years' probation. She ordered 30 days of electronic monitoring and restricted him to his Beverly Hills home for that time. He also was ordered to perform 250 hours ofRead More »from Barry Bonds put on probation in BALCO steroids case