Baseball’s all-time home run king Barry Bonds was sentenced to 30 days house arrest on Friday (Dec. 16) for obstructing justice during a federal investigation of his alleged steroid use. The slugger must also serve two years probation and 250 hours of community service as well as pay a $4,000 fine.
Bonds was convicted in April after offering misleading answers to the grand jury investigating Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO). BALCO is the lab that was tied to supplying performance-enhancing drugs to numerous athletes including Olympian Marion Jones, NFLer Bill Romanowski and Bonds.
Bonds will serve his time in his Beverly Hills home.
Prosecutors wanted a 15-month prison term for Bonds as they claimed he never took responsibility for his actions.
“Bonds’ pervasive efforts to testify falsely, to mislead the grand jury, to dodge questions, and to simply refuse to answer questions in the grand jury makes his conduct worthy of a significant jail sentence,” prosecutors say in court documents.
Bonds retired from Major League Baseball in 2007 with a record 762 home runs.