Marion Jones sentenced to 6 months


Marion Jones
Marion Jones

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones cries as she addresses the media during a news conference outside the federal courthouse in White Plains, N.Y., after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs, in this Oct. 5, 2007 file photo. The IOC formally stripped Marion Jones of her five Olympic medals Wednesday Dec. 12, 2007, wiping her name from the record books following her admission that she was a drug cheat.

Mary Altaffer/The Associated Press, file photo
Published: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 12:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 12:32 p.m.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Marion Jones was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for lying about using steroids and a check-fraud scam, despite her plea that she not be separated from her two young children "even for a short period of time."

"I ask you to be as merciful as a human being can be," she said.

Last October, Jones admitted she lied to a federal investigators in November 2003 when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs. She said she took a designer steroid "several times before the Sydney Olympics and continued using it after."

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.

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