Anthony Bosch gets 4-year prison sentence

After former owner of Biogenesis of America clinic gets less time due to cooperation, A-Rod issues vague handwritten apology

By Ben Kennedy - Reporter

MIAMI - A federal judge in Miami sentenced Anthony "Tony" Bosch to four years in prison Tuesday.

The owner of Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables was at the forefront of Major League Baseball's biggest performance-enhancing drug scandal. He plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute testosterone -- which according to sentencing guidelines has a minimum of three years in prison and a maximum of 10.

U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles also sentenced Bosch, 51, to three years of supervised release.  Bosch wanted 60 days in a drug rehabilitation center before going behind bars, but Gayles did not allow it.

"I'm extremely remorseful and grateful for the support, but very sorry," a defeated Bosch said before turning himself in at the U.S. Marshal's office in Miami.

Bosch had been out on a $100,000 bond for which his parents, Dr. Pedro Publio Bosch and Stella Bosch, co-signed. They were in federal court Tuesday and did not speak to reporters when they walked out.

Bosch's clinic closed in 2012, after years of providing clients  --  among them professional athletes and high school students  -- with black-market performance-enhancing drugs such as testosterone and human growth hormones. The clinic was across the street from the University of Miami's Alex Rodriguez Park.

"He has worked very hard to cooperate not only with the government but with major league baseball and other anti doping agencies to correct his past mistakes," Bosch's defense attorney Susy Ribero-Ayala said.

While providing information to Drug Enforcement Administration and the MLB, Bosch gained a lot of enemies.

Among them is Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez, who is returning from a season-long suspension and will be reporting to full-squad workout Feb. 26 in hopes of getting his job back as a third baseman for the New York Yankees.

"I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be" and "I'm ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball," Rodriguez said in a handwritten statement Tuesday.

After Bosch's testimony, an arbitrator found "clear and convincing evidence" that the three-time AL MVP used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the baseball's drug investigation.

Gayles also sentenced Bosch's former business associate Carlos Acevedo, 36, to 42 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute testosterone and "Molly." The sentencing guidelines pointed to 30 years. Acevedo has also been helping authorities.

The cases against Rodriguez's cousin Yuri Zucart and former University of Miami assistant baseball coach Lazaro "Lazer" Collazo are still pending.

Bosch was also part of Scores Sports Management Inc., a company that developed baseball players in the Dominican Republic. The self-described biochemist, did not have a medical license. DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville said last year that the charge for the anabolic steroids ranged from $250 to $600 per month for students and about $1,200 per month for athletes.

Sharad Motiani and Pat Sullivan were the federal prosecutors in Bosch's case.

U.S. Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer said in a statement Tuesday that the outcome of the case sends a clear message that cheating doesn't pay.

"Individuals like Bosch, who distribute performance enhancing drugs to athletes and, more importantly, to our children, will be held accountable for their actions,"  Ferrer said.

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