Korchemny avoids jail time for role
in Balco case
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
February 24, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Remi Korchemny, the final defendant
to be sentenced in the BALCO case, avoided jail time today when
a federal judge sentenced the track coach to one year's probation.
Korchemny, 73, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in San Francisco
in July to a single misdemeanor count in connection with his role
in the performance-enhancing drugs scandal surrounding the Bay
Area Laboratory Co-operative. He admitted distributing illegal
performance-enhancing drugs, including a testosterone cream known
as "The Cream,'' to track and field athletes he was coaching
between September 2000 and September 2003.
None of the athletes who received performance-enhancing drugs
from Korchemny or any of the other BALCO defendants has been named
in court documents but media reports have linked Barry Bonds,
Jason Giambi and other sports luminaries to BALCO.
"This sentencing brings to a close this chapter of an investigation
and prosecution that has focused worldwide attention on illicit
use of drugs and performance-enhancing substances in sports. This
problem is ongoing as is further demonstrated by recent events
at the current Winter Olympic games,'' U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan
said in a statement today.
"The continued focus on this problem by the Department of
Justice and law enforcement serves as an important step toward
the national and international goal of eradicating the use of
illegal drugs in sports.''
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