Marion Jones gets 6 months for lying about steroids

Disgraced Olympic track star Marion Jones was sentenced Friday in a White Plains federal court to six months in federal prison for lying to investigators about performance-enhancing drugs and a check-fraud scam.

The judge sentenced Jones despite her plea that he not separate her from her children, "even for a short period of time."

Jones also received two years of probation.

The 31-year-old track star returned her Olympic medals after admitting she lied to investigators about using steroids and to authorities investigating her former boyfriend in a check fraud scheme.

Jones pleaded guilty last year to using performance-enhancing drugs before and during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She apologized and announced her retirement.

In a statement to the media after her sentencing, Jones said, ?I respect the judge?s orders and I truly hope that people will learn from my mistakes.?

Jones is to surrender March 11 to begin her sentence.

For the Jones? statement after the sentencing, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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