Barry Bonds Ordered to Begin Serving Obstruction Sentence

Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball’s career home-run record holder, was told to start serving his sentence for obstructing a federal grand jury probe into steroid use by athletes.

“The defendant is ordered to confer with the probation office forthwith to make arrangements to begin serving his sentence,” U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said yesterday in a filing in San Francisco federal court. Prosecutors and lawyers for the former San Francisco Giants outfielder agreed yesterday that the hold on his sentence should be lifted.

Bonds was sentenced to 30 days of home confinement, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine after he was convicted of making evasive and misleading statements to the grand jury. A federal appeals court upheld the conviction on Sept. 13.

Bonds, who was named most valuable player a record seven times, broke Hank Aaron’s record of 755 career home runs in August 2007. He was indicted in November of that year on perjury and obstruction charges.

Illston declared a mistrial on the perjury counts after the jury couldn’t agree on whether Bonds was lying when he denied knowingly taking performance enhancing drugs.

The case is U.S. v Bonds, 07-cr-00732, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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