Former Florida clinic owner gets four years prison in baseball doping case
By Zachary Fagenson
MIAMI (Reuters) - The owner of a Florida clinic that supplied steroids to professional baseball players, putting it at the center of a scandal that led to Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez's suspension, was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday.
Anthony Bosch, 51, pleaded guilty in October to conspiring to distribute testosterone and had sought leniency from a federal judge due to his cooperation with federal and Major League Baseball investigators.
But U.S. District Court Judge Darrin Gayles refused to give Bosch less than the four years agreed to by prosecutors, describing the owner of the now-defunct anti-aging Biogenesis clinic as the mastermind of an operation that also supplied performance-enhancing drugs to high school athletes.
"One can only imagine the horror of a parent who has unwittingly taken a child to Mr. Bosch and watched as he used a syringe to inject a controlled substance into their children," the judge said during a hearing in the Southern District of Florida in Miami.
Bosch became a key witness for MLB, which has been paying his legal and security bills after suspending more than a dozen players based on information he provided.
Choking back tears, he apologized for putting lives in jeopardy.
"My choices were terrible and I'm ashamed of myself," he said.
Professional athletes paid Bosch as much as $12,000 per month for testosterone-filled syringes and creams, federal officials have said. He was also accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to high school athletes, charging between $250 and $600 per month, according to an indictment. Continued...