Conte, Anderson get brief jail time in BALCO case
SAN FRANCISCO - The founder of BALCO and the personal trainer of baseball superstar Barry Bonds received short prison sentences Tuesday for their roles in a steroids distribution conspiracy.
Victor Conte, 55, was sentenced to four months in prison and four months of home confinement while also receiving a $10,000 fine. Greg Anderson, 39, received three months in jail and three months of home confinement.
The sentences were handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston. In July, Conte and Anderson pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and money laundering from charges dating to February 2004.
In their guilty pleas, Conte and Anderson admitted to distributing to athletes a testosterone cream known as "The Cream" and a synthetic steroid derivative known as "The Clear."
In December, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Bonds told a federal grand jury he used a clear substance and cream that he did not know were steroids.
Bonds repeatedly had denied knowingly using steroids. The outfielder of the San Francisco Giants missed most of this season due to knee injuries but is threatening to pass Babe Ruth and all-time leader Hank Aaron on the home run list.
"This investigation and prosecution has galvanized a national debate on the surprisingly widespread use and dangerous and harmful nature of anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in sports," U.S. Attorney Kevin V. Ryan said.
Also sentenced Tuesday was James Valente, 50, the vice president of the Bay Area Lab Cooperative who was facing the same charges but received three years probation and a $3,000 fine.
Track coach Remi Korchemny, 73, also pleaded guilty in July and will be sentenced at a later date.
The distribution ring uncovered by a joint investigation of several local and federal offices indirectly led to Major League Baseball's adoption of a stricter policy regarding banned substances.
Ironically, the sentencings came on the same day that New York Mets lefthanded reliever Felix Heredia became the 11th major leaguer suspended for violating the new policy.
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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