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Marion Jones begins jail sentence

Latest update : 2008-03-19

Former sprint queen and Olympic champion Marion Jones reported to a Texas jail on Friday to begin her six-month jail sentence for lying about her drug use.

Former Olympic champion Marion Jones, sentenced in January to six months prison for lying about her drug use, Friday reported to a Texas jail, US Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley said.
  
"Yes, that's confirmed," Billingsley said, saying the 32-year-old athlete reported shortly before noon to the Federal Medical Center-Carswell, a correctional facility in Fort Worth.
  
Jones, who has been stripped of the three gold and two bronze medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was sentenced to six months in jail and two years of probation for lying to federal investigators about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and about a check-fraud scheme that involved her former partner - Tim Montgomery.
  
Jones had been told she had until March 11 to begin her sentence.
  
In sentencing Jones, US District Court Judge Kenneth Karas said the athlete  had not made "a momentary lapse in judgment, a one-time mistake, but instead a repetition in an attempt to break the law," adding "nobody is above the legal obligation to tell the truth".
  
In court, Jones had asked the judge to spare her jail time for the sake of her two young sons.

Date created : 2008-03-07

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