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Marion Jones begins federal prison term

Former Olympian Marion Jones leaves the courthouse after speaking to the press about her sentence for steroids use on January 11, 2008 in White Plains, NY. The five-medal winner was sentenced to six months detention plus community service. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
1 of 3 | Former Olympian Marion Jones leaves the courthouse after speaking to the press about her sentence for steroids use on January 11, 2008 in White Plains, NY. The five-medal winner was sentenced to six months detention plus community service. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff) | License Photo

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 7 (UPI) -- Former Olympian Marion Jones Friday began serving a six-month federal prison term for lying to investigators about her use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Traci Billingsley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, confirmed that Jones turned herself in before noon Friday at Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said.

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Jones, 32, now living in Austin, pleaded guilty in October to lying to federal investigators in 2003 during a larger sports doping investigation and a check-fraud case.

Also, she admitted to using a banned substance from September 2000 to July 2001 -- during the Sydney Olympic Games, where the she won five medals (three gold).

On Jan. 8, 2008, in White Plains, N.Y., U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas ordered her to serve a six-month sentence with two years supervised probation and 400 hours of community service.

"I respect the judge's orders and I truly hope that people will learn from my mistakes," a tearful and disgraced Jones said.

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