It didn't look good for the home run king from the start, but Barry Bonds was convicted by a federal jury of obstruction of justice Wednesday.
Witnesses say the former San Francisco Giant's player, who holds the record for most career home runs and most in a single season, showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
Unfortunately for the prosecution, but fortunately for Bonds, it doesn't appear as if this verdict means too much and he may get off much easier than anticipated.
Out of 4 possible charges facing bonds, a jury could only unanimously decide on finding him guilty of obstruction, while they remained deadlocked on the other 3 steroid charges, prompting the defense to ask for a mistrial.
The prosecution insists on a sentencing date, during which Bonds could face up to 10 years in prison, but others with similar offenses have only received a few months in prison, if prison at all.
The prosecution said in a statement:
"In the United States, taking an oath and promising to testify truthfully is a serious matter. We cannot ignore those who choose instead to obstruct justice. We will decide whether to seek a retrial of the defendant on the remaining counts as soon as possible."
The judge presiding over the case has set a May 20 date for a "status conference", so only time will tell how the prosecution will move forward.
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