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Barry Bonds Convicted of Obstruction of Justice

Bonds, yesterday.

A federal jury has convicted Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice, but a jury could not reach a verdict on the three perjury charges that claimed Bonds, baseball's all-time home-run leader, lied when he told a grand jury investigating BALCO in 2003 that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs. (A mistrial was declared on those three counts.) Each count carried a maximum ten-year prison sentence — via the Los Angeles Times, federal sentencing guidelines recommend 15 to 21 months in prison for a conviction — but according to USA Today, Bonds is most likely to get probation. A status hearing has been scheduled for May 20, at which point a sentencing date will most likely be set, according to USA Today. [USAT, LAT]

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