Barry Bonds ordered to meet with U.S. Probation Department to discuss sentencing

Justin Sullivan

Bonds will begin his 30-day house arrest as soon as arrangements are made.

Home run king Barry Bonds has been ordered by a federal judge to discuss the terms of  his 30-day house arrest with officials from the U.S. Probation Department, reports

"The defendant is ordered to confer with the probation office forthwith to make arrangements to begin serving his sentence," said a filing by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston.

Illston ordered Bonds to begin serving his sentence as soon as arrangements are made. After his conviction was upheld, Bonds had asked his attorneys to request his sentence begin immediately.

Bonds 2011 conviction of a felony obstruction of justice charge was upheld by a court last week after the former Pirates and Giants outfielder's appeal fell short. He has been sentenced to house arrest, 250 hours of community service, two years of probation and charged a $4,000 fine. All of those punishments had been on hold while Bonds appealed.

The charges against him stemmed from a testimony before a grand jury during a 2003 investigation into performance enhancing drugs in baseball.

Bonds, now retired, is a seven-time MVP and the all-time home run leader with 762 long-balls over a career spanning 22 years.

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