Marion Jones Gets 6 Months in Prison

The disgraced gold medalist was also sentenced to two years of supervised release

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Even after pleading with the judge to not separate her from her two sons, Marion Jones was sentenced to six months in prison Friday for lying to federal investigators about her steroid use and check-fraud scheme.

“I absolutely realize the gravity of the offenses I’ve committed. I want to apologize,” Jones told the court as she began to cry, according to ABC News. “I plead with you,” she said, to not separate “me from my boys even for a short while.”

Her lawyers asked for leniency, according to the Associated Press, but U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas in White Plains, N.Y., sentenced the 31-year-old to the prison term as well as two years of supervised release, during which she will be required to perform 800 hours of community service.

In sentencing, the judge said he gave her the maximum under her plea deal to send a message to athletes who have abused drugs and overlooked the values of “hard work, dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship.”

Since admitting her guilt, the three-time Olympic gold medalist has returned all five medals won in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Jones, who used steroids distributed by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative – the same lab that supplied steroids to New York Yankees star Jason Giambi and San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds – is the first professional sports figure to get prison time.

Jones is also now said to be in financial ruin.

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