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Bonds faces federal grand jury indictment

Fri., Nov. 16, 2007, midnight

Barry Bonds, the most prolific slugger in baseball history and holder of the most cherished record in American sports, has joined a new club: the stable of disgraced sports heroes.

The former San Francisco Giants slugger, 43, was indicted Thursday on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, stemming from his testimony to a federal grand jury that he had not knowingly used steroids.

The indictment: The 10-page report listed four counts of perjury, one of obstruction of justice and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

What’s next: Bonds is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Dec. 7, with a trial unlikely to begin until late next spring at the earliest.

The numbers: Bonds finished last season with 762 career homers, seven more than previous champ Hank Aaron.

The quote: “This record is not tainted at all. At all. Period.” – Bonds in August, after surpassing Aaron.

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