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Barry Bonds to learn his fate in -- California courtroom.
Louis slugger now very much disgraced scheduled to be sentenced for an obstruction of justice conviction today he could get probation.
Or -- could get prison body count on live in San Francisco with a look at that Claudia.
John in just a few hours Barry Bonds will return to the same federal courthouse in San Francisco where he first gave his testimony in the Balco case eight years ago.
This past April the slugger was convicted of obstruction of justice for giving evasive answers to that grand jury about his alleged steroid use.
That's not the same thing as lying in fact several perjury charges were dismissed.
Nevertheless federal prosecutors want the judge to send bonds to prison for fifteen months.
Lawyers for baseball's home run king won a sentence of probation while they appeal his conviction.
Most legal experts don't expect fonts to do any prison time after all he has no criminal record outside of this case.
And he's earned praise for his community work and charitable giving.
That was even cited -- probation departments pre sentencing report which also recommends that bonds get probation.
His fate is in the hands of federal judge Susan ill -- now she previously sentenced three other sports figures convicted in the Balco case and none of them got any jail time.
-- If judges consistent with what she's done before.
He'll probably be given one year of house confinement and probation and community service probably.
And aside from the inevitable appeals that will mark the end of the federal government's nearly decade long Balco investigation.
John it's a case that certainly had its critics but prosecutors -- it brought a lot of attention to doping in professional sports.
And resulted in Major League Baseball toughening its drug testing policies and becoming a much cleaner game.
Actually we hope so -- -- Body count --
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