trevor-grahamWhat now for Trevor Graham?

The once admired track coach is now facing an insurmountable obstacle – a prison term. He was found guilty last month of one count of lying to federal investigators about his relationship with steroid dealer turned prosecution’s witness Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on two other counts because at least one juror had doubts about the star witness’ credibility.

Prosecutors, who can retry the Graham on the other two charges, had no comment on their next move. Graham’s attorney William Keane said he is hoping the government would not retry Graham.

“The jury obviously had problems with the government’s case on the other two counts, including the allegations that Mr. Graham instigated and facilitated the use by a few of his athletes of performance-enhancing drugs supplied by Angel Heredia,” Keane said. “As we maintained all along we did not believe that the government could prove that case. It simply was not true.”

Graham sentencing hearing is set on September 5 before US District Judge Susan Illston. The maximum penalty for Graham’s guilty verdict on one count of perjury is five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. However, he is expected to receive much less than that.

Graham has consistently denied his relationship with Heredia – a Laredo, Texas, discus thrower who testified that he bought steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in Mexico and sold them to many star track athletes who trained under Graham.

Heredia narrated for the jury in U.S. District Court in San Francisco his business dealings with Trevor Graham. He said their association began in 1996 when Graham wanted a reliable supplier of steroids and PEDs. Graham, according to Heredia, also wanted someone to teach him the tricks of the trade, including how to beat steroid screening. He said he taught the Graham many things, including about clearance times of steroids and what kinds of drugs were undetectable that would boost performance.