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Lucky man: Bonds is spared prison sentence over obstruction of justice

Barry Bonds has received a lenient sentence after he was convicted of deliberately misleading a jury.

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BASEBALL LEGEND BARRY Bonds has been spared a jail sentence, despite misleading a jury investigating whether or not he took performance enhancing drugs.

The 47-year-old was instead sentenced to 30 days’ house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service. He has also been fined $4,000.

Bonds is appealing his conviction, which has been delayed as a result.

The former San Francisco Giants slugger – who retired with a record of 762 home runs – was convicted of obstructing justice in April of this year.  He gave evasive answers to a grand jury, investigation a steroids-distribution ring in San Francisco, in December 2003.

The jury did not reach a verdict on whether Bonds lied when he denied taking steroids, or that he received injections from someone other than his doctor.

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