Wesley Snipes Ordered To Begin Three-Year Prison Sentence

Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered Wednesday to voluntarily surrender at a federal prison in Pennsylvania next week to start his three-year sentence for failing to pay taxes.

FILE - In this March 2, 2010 file photo, Wesley Snipes attends the premiere of "Brooklyn's Finest" in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered Wednesday to voluntarily surrender at a federal prison in Pennsylvania next week to start his three-year sentence for failing to pay taxes.

The U.S. Marshal's Office ordered Snipes to report to the Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Lewis Run, Pa. by noon on Dec. 9.

Snipes had tried unsuccessfully to remain free on bail while appealing his conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 48-year-old star of the "Blade" trilogy was convicted in 2008 for willful failure to file income tax returns. His attorney, Daniel Meachum, didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Following his conviction by a federal jury in Ocala, Fla., about 70 miles north of Orlando, Snipes appealed to the appellate court in Atlanta. But the appellate court upheld the conviction and sentence.

Last month, Snipes' attorneys argued at a hearing in Ocala that jurors should be interviewed about whether they had perjured themselves by stating during jury selection that they didn't have preconceived opinions about the case. Meachum said he had received e-mails from two former jurors who claimed other jurors thought Snipes was guilty even before the trial started.

Snipes' attorneys also argued a new trial should be granted because of testimony by Kenneth Starr, a former financial adviser to celebrities, who admitted during a plea hearing last September in New York to cheating wealthy and elderly clients out of tens of millions of dollars.

A judge rejected those arguments, writing that "the defendant Snipes had a fair trial; he has had a full, fair and thorough review of his conviction and sentence. ... The time has come for the judgment to be enforced."


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  • by REM Location: ENC on Dec 3, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    So, why isn't Charlie Rangel in federal prison? Oh that's right, he's just another crooked politician in a corrupt government; Sorry, I forgot.
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Dec 2, 2010 at 10:08 PM
    Where is Lavon when you need him. Guess he couldn't handle this one.
  • by 2ndStPirate Location: 2nd Street on Dec 1, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    Good. Do not pass Go and proceed directly to Jail. Too bad the tax payers will still be paying for this sorry excuse for a person for the next couple of years.
  • by Dave Location: Here and there on Dec 1, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    It won't be long before the NAACP gets involved.
  • by Zephyr Location: Greenville on Dec 1, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    The higher they rise the further they fall. You gotta pay your taxws on those millions.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    he thought he was above all us common people
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Dec 1, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    He can pay for all those fancy cars and a mansion but yet he can't do what he should do? He does deserve that prison sentence then.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:47 AM
    it aint the "not paying that gets you" , it is the "not filing" that gets you. club fed, he he comes. see if tommy jones can get you out of this. also take rangel too!
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