Ten years after the BALCO investigation first began, it has come to a close with Barry Bonds' for his conviction of obstruction of justice. Bonds was sentenced to two years probation on Friday, which will include 30 days of location monitoring, also known as house arrest. During the 30 days, Bonds will be confined to his house except for the most basic of needs.
Additionally, Bonds was fined $4,000 and a $100 special assessment. Bonds' attorneys indicated they will appeal the sentence and requested the house arrest be stayed pending the appeal. The judge agreed and the appeal will be filed Friday.
The government attempted to argue that Bonds deserved some form of imprisonment and requested that he be required to acknowledge his guilt. They pointed to Marion Jones' prison sentence and other sentences, but those involved convictions on more serious charges. They pointed to Bonds lying, but that did not apply as the three perjury charges were dismissed. Accordingly, Judge Illston stuck with the presentence report that suggested probation and house arrest.