Friday, July 6, 2007

BALCO source agrees to 33-month sentence

Troy Ellerman (pictured), the attorney and rodeo association commissioner who leaked grand jury testimony in the baseball steroids case to the Chronicle, has agreed to spend 33 months in prison, nine months longer than his original plea bargain, the AP. The original deal, calling for a 24-month term, was thrown out by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White as too lenient. Ellerman, who worked for BALCO founder Victor Conte, allowed Chron reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada to view the grand jury testimony of players including Barry Bonds, according to the plea agreement. One Ellerman admitted he was the source, the government dropped its case against Chron reporters Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. (Photo credit: Yahoo Sports, which was the first to reveal Ellerman's identity.)

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