Barry Bonds avoids jail time
Instead Bonds faces 30 days of home confinement, a $4,000 fine, two years probation and 250 hours of community service.
Baseball's all-time home run leader was convicted of obstructing justice in April in connection to a federal investigation of the BALCO laboratory. At the time the jury did not reach a verdict on the other three charges against Bonds, the former Pittsburgh Pirates' and San Francisco Giants' slugger.
Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California in the Ninth Circuit, indicated early in today's sentencing hearings that she would follow the the recommendation of the probation officer, who did not suggest jail time for Bonds. She also was apparently moved Illston also indicated that she was impressed by charity work done by Bonds outside of the national spotlight.
The government asked for Bonds to be sent to prison, arguing that home confinement in his mansion isn't really punishment. They also said that Bonds' community service should involve a public service announcement about his crime.
The sentence will be suspended pending Bonds' appeal of the verdict.