Should Marion Jones be imprisoned?
Marion Jones, the international superstar who won three gold and two bronze medals at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, was today sentenced to six months in jail for lying to investigators about performance-enhancing drugs and a check-fraud scam.
After learning her fate in a White Plains, New York couthouse, Jones broke down crying.
She hoped to avoid prison due to being apart from her two young sons, but U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas said he was giving her six months “because of the need for general deterrence and the need to promote respect for the law.”
According to the New York Post, Jones returned her Olympic medals (golds in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 1,600-meter relay and bronzes in the long jump and 400-meter relay) even before the International Olympic Committee ordered her to do so and wiped her records from the books.
Jones was ordered to surrender on March 11 to begin her term.