Trevor Graham

Track Coach Convicted in Doping Scandal

May 30, 2008 04:04 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Trevor Graham, who set off an investigation of illegal drug use at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative, was found guilty of perjury in San Francisco.

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Graham, the 44-year-old former coach of sprinters Justin Gatlin, Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery, had been charged with three counts of lying to authorities, reported The BBC.

Graham was convicted of deceiving agents about his involvement with steroid dealer Angel Guillermo Heredia. Graham had previously said that he had not referred his athletes to Heredia for illegal drugs, met Heredia in person or talked to him on the phone since 1997.

The jury found Graham guilty on the last charge, but acquitted him on the other charges by votes of 10-2 and 11-2.

"I hope this verdict satisfies the Justice Department's lust for blood in this matter and that there will be no retrial," said Jury foreman Frank Stapleton.

The investigation began in 2003 when Graham anonymously sent a syringe of a previously untraceable steroid to federal authorities. He was then granted legal immunity on the condition that he did not lie about his own involvement in doping.

Graham faces up to five years in prison.

Headline Link: 'Graham found guilty in Balco case'

Background: Instigator of steroids inquiry becomes target

Reference: U.S. Anti-Doping Agency


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