Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/16/11
A federal judge on Friday sentenced Barry Bonds to two years of probation, 30 days of home confinement and 250 hours of community service for his obstruction of justice conviction, FOX News Channel reported. The largest federal criminal investigation into sports doping began more than nine years ago with a tax agent digging through the trash of the now notorious Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. Barring an appeal, the government's work comes to an anti-climactic end Friday with the sentencing of Bonds -- the probe's highest-profile catch. Now, federal sentencing guidelines suggested a prison term of between 15 months and 21 months. But federal probation officers recommended that Bonds receive no time, citing his charitable work, the nature of the crime and his otherwise spotless criminal record. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston has sentenced two other BALCO figures convicted of similar crimes to probation and house arrest. The federal government spent millions of dollars and unt...
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