Marion Jones sentenced to six months in jail
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.
Jones must report to prison no later than March 11. She also was given two years of supervised probation and 400 hours of community service.
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.