SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds will remain free and unpunished while he appeals his conviction for giving misleading testimony before a grand jury.
A federal judge handed Bonds a sentence of 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service on Friday -- then delayed the sentence pending an appeal likely to take a year or more.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston also fined Bonds $4,000 for his obstruction of justice conviction arising from his grand jury appearance eight years ago.
Prosecutors wanted the home run king to spend 15 months in prison.
It's sentencing day for Barry Bonds. The former major leaguer will find out his punishment for his obstruction of justice conviction.
Bonds provided evasive testimony to a federal grand jury investigating the Balco steroids scandal.
Government lawyers have asked the US district judge to sentence bonds to 15-months in prison.
We'll keep you updated on what happens.