WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Despite pleas that she not be
separated from her two young sons, a federal judge has sentenced
disgraced track and field star Marion Jones to six months in prison
for lying about using steroids and a check-fraud scam.
The 31-year-old Jones also was given two years' probation and
supervised release, during which she will be required to perform
800 hours of community service.
She's been ordered to surrender March 11th to begin her term.
Last October, after years of vehement denials, Jones finally
admitted she lied to federal investigators in November of 2003 when
she told them she never used performance-enhancing drugs. She
admitted that she took a designer steroid "several times before
the Sydney Olympics and continued using it after."
She also admitted lying about her knowledge of the involvement
of Tim Montgomery, the father of her older son, in a scheme to cash
millions of dollars worth of stolen or forged checks. Montgomery
and several others have already been convicted in that scam.
The sentence completes a stunning fall for the woman who was
once the most celebrated female athlete in the world. She won three
gold and two bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
She has since been stripped of her medals and her name
eliminated from the record books.