WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Former Olympic champion Marion Jones says she has been punished enough and should not have to go to prison for lying about steroids and check fraud.

In court papers filed on New Year’s Eve, Jones’ lawyers ask a federal judge to let her off with probation when he sentences her next week.

“She has been cast from American hero to national disgrace,” the memo says. “The public scorn, from a nation that once adored her, and her fall from grace have been severe punishments. … She has been stripped of her gold medals, her accomplishments, her wealth and her public standing.”

Her five Olympic medals were taken from her on Dec. 12.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors suggested that she be sentenced to six months in prison at most.

In their pre-sentencing papers, filed Dec. 21, they said anything between no time and six months would be appropriate.

That filing included a doping calendar from the files of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative indicating Jones used several performance-enhancing drugs. Prosecutors said the evidence shows “a concentrated, organized, long-term effort to use these substances for her personal gain.”

They said her false statements “derailed the government’s investigative efforts.”

In the check fraud scheme, Jones admitted lying about her knowledge of the involvement of track star Tim Montgomery, the father of her older son, in a scheme to cash millions of dollars worth of stolen or forged checks.

Montgomery, who once held the world record in the 100 meters, pleaded guilty in the conspiracy.

Jones’ papers include letters from friends about her good works including improving sports facilities in Belize and working to immunize infants in Ghana. They say she is devoted to her two children and is essential to their care “in every way that a mother can be.”


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