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Wesley Snipes is headed for jail

By Reuters | Jul 19, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 3 ]

The star of the "Blade" trilogy has lost his appeal against a 3-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns

Actor Wesley Snipes is headed for jail after losing his appeal of a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns for 1999 through 2001.

A federal appeals court has upheld the 47-year-old actor's 2008 conviction in an Ocala, Florida, court for three misdemeanors stemming from felony tax charges.

At his sentencing in April 2008, prosecutors said Snipes, a Florida native who has a residence in Windermere, had earned more than $38 million since 1999, but had filed no tax returns or paid any taxes.

In his appeal, the actor claimed that the sentence was unreasonable and he should have been considered for probation.

The star of the "Blade" trilogy who most recently appeared as a former convict in "Brooklyn's Finest", also said the lower court should have allowed him to argue for a change of venue from Florida to New York.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his appeal.

The ruling did not specify when or where Snipes was due to report to prison.



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Sorry didnt pay taxes its time to serve time for it..

Jul 21, 2010 10:5 | 0 replies

Hey! I'm also owing SARS.

Jul 21, 2010 11:49 | 0 replies

That could only happen to a black person in the US

Jul 23, 2010 8:56 | 0 replies