Conte given four-month prison sentence

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Balco founder Victor Conte has been given a four-month prison sentence and a further four months home confinement for drugs offences.

Conte given four-month prison sentence

San Francisco:

Balco founder Victor Conte has been given a four-month prison sentence and a further four months home confinement for drugs offences. Conte was also given two years of court supervision for his role in a scheme to give athletes undetectable performance-enhancing drugs. Baseball star Barry Bonds' trainer Greg Anderson was convicted of money laundering and steroid distribution. He must spend three months behind bars and three months in home confinement. Balco vice-president James Valente was placed on probation at Tuesday's hearing in San Francisco after pleading guilty to reduced charges of steroid distribution. Scheduled to surrender Anderson and Conte, who was also fined US$10,000 and banned from owning firearms, remain free on bond and are scheduled to surrender to prison authorities on December 1. Victor Conte had pleaded guilty in July to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge; dozens of counts were dropped as part of his plea deal. Greg Anderson and Conte, who remain free on bond, are scheduled to surrender to prison authorities on December 1st. US District Judge Susan Illston said she was not thrilled with the plea deals, but accepted them anyway. Illston could have sentenced Conte to a year in prison. Outside the courthouse, Conte read a statement saying he wanted to rid the sporting world of steroids. Steroid politics The investigation into BALCO has prompted professional sports to stiffen steroid policies. It also thrust certain performance-enhancing drugs into the spotlight, but Conte isn't convinced it has curtailed steroid use. The two dozen or so athletes who appeared before a grand jury here have not been a target of the steroid probe. They have been granted immunity in exchange for their testimony, and authorities said on Tuesday that the investigation did not target the steroid users. (AP)

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