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Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Barry Bonds to be sentenced for obstruction of justice


Barry Bonds will soon hear his sentence. (Paul Sakuma - AP)
Barry Bonds is about to find out where he’ll be spending the next few months of his life: in his home or behind bars.

Bonds is scheduled to be sentenced Friday at 2 p.m. EST in a San Francisco federal courtroom for his felony conviction of obstruction of justice.

Federal prosecutors requested that Bonds serve 15 months in prison, while the defense proposed two years’ probation, a $4,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.

A jury convicted Bonds in April of obstruction of justice for purposely using rambling non sequiturs in an effort to mislead a grand jury investigating steroid use in sports in the 2003 BALCO investigation.

“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 wrote.

In September, prosecutors dropped deadlocked charges against Bonds for allegedly lying when he denied taking performance-enhancing drugs and receiving injections from someone other than his doctor.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston will preside over the sentencing — and she has a precedent with similar perjury cases. In 2008, Illston sentenced track coach Trevor Graham to one year of house arrest after a jury convicted him of lying to federal agents about his relationship with a steroids dealer. Cyclist Tammy Thomas was sentenced to six months of home detention after her perjury conviction for lying about her use of steroids.

What form of punishment does Bonds deserve?

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