SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -While federal prosecutors tripled the number of charges against Barry Bonds, he faces the same amount of prison time he did under the original indictment.
Legal experts said given Bonds' clean criminal record and the nature of the charges, the home run king faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison if convicted of all 14 counts of making false declarations to a grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice. If Bonds is convicted of all counts, he expected to be sentenced to serve the prison sentence of each charge concurrently rather than consecutively.
In the superseding indictment handed up Tuesday in federal court, prosecutors worded 14 charges against Bonds as making ``false declarations'' instead of ``perjury.'' In the original indictment last November, there were four counts of perjury and one of obstruction of justice.
Legal experts said the difference is without distinction and that Bonds still is broadly charged with lying to a federal grand jury when he denied knowingly using peformance-enhancing drug use. The experts said the prosecutors appeared to change the wording to appease U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, who tossed out the original indictment because of technical errors.
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

Advertisement

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Are Sale's Sox now the favorite? The Boston Red Sox made a big splash this week when they acquired Cy Young contender Chris Sale from the...
Thumbnail Red Sox acquire Sale, WS odds improve Following the acquisition of Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox' World Series odds have improved greatly.
Thumbnail Will Cubs repeat as champs? The Chicago Cubs are a month into their championship reign. As the 2017 season approaches, are they favored to repeat?
Advertisement

MLB Team Pages