Tuesday, October 18, 2005
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
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
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.