SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Barry Bonds has been indicted on four federal counts of perjury and one count of obstructing justice in the BALCO steroids investigation. indictment
If convicted, Bonds, 43, who broke Hank Aaron’s career home run record this year with the San Francisco Giants, faces up to 5 years in prison on each perjury count and 10 years on the obstruction of justice charge.
The indictment alleges Bonds lied to a grand jury in 2003 about his relationship with personal trainer Greg Anderson.
Bonds is charged with making false statements under oath about his use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances, including human growth hormone, in testimony to a grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative. The grand jury was investigating whether BALCO, founded by Victor Conte, and Anderson distributed illegal drugs and laundered the money from it.
Bonds, granted immunity for all charges except perjury, false declaration or otherwise not complying with the court’s order, repeatedly denied that Anderson ever gave him steroids, in testimony that the indictment deems “intentionally evasive and misleading.”