Marion Jones Reports to Jail

Former Olympic medalist starts 6-month sentence
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2008 6:09 AM CST

(Newser) – Marion Jones has entered a federal prison in Texas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The disgraced former sprinter is beginning a 6-month sentence for lying to investigators about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and about her role in a check-fraud scam. She has already returned her Olympic gold medals and her name has been removed from the record books.

Jones was once the most famous female in the world but fell spectacularly from grace after admitting steroid use. The judge who put her away refused to hand down a probation-only sentence, saying her behavior affected "the integrity of athletic competition." She is expected to serve her time in the prison's minimum-security unit, and will be on probation for two years after her release. (Read more Marion Jones stories.)