Bonds' conviction upheld by appellate court
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - A federal appeals court has upheld the obstruction of justice conviction against former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds.
The seven-time MVP was sentenced in April 2011 to 30 days of house arrest and two years of probation for his evasive 2003 grand jury testimony in the BALCO steroids case. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston also sentenced Bonds to 250 hours of community service and issued a fine of $4,000.
On Friday, the Ninth U.S. District Court of Appeals issued its ruling, saying in the summary that "there was sufficient evidence to convict Bonds because his statement describing his life as a celebrity child -- in response to a question asking whether his trainer ever gave him any self-injectable substances -- was evasive, misleading, and capable of influencing the grand jury to minimize the trainer's role in the distribution of performance enhancing drugs."
Bonds owns some of baseball's most treasured records with 762 career home runs and a single-season best of 73 homers in 2001.
09/13 13:22:03 ET