Wesley Snipes Ordered to Serve Three Years in Prison
Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered on Friday to start serving a three-year prison sentence.
As previously reported, Snipes was found guilty for failing to file income tax returns by a federal judge who rejected the actor’s petition for a new trial.
“The defendant Snipes had a fair trial … The time has come for the judgment to be enforced,” U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges said in his ruling.
Revoking bail for the 48-year-old Snipes, the judge ordered him to report to prison as directed by the U.S. Marshals Service or Bureau of Prisons.
It was not clear when or where Snipes would begin serving his jail bid but Wesley is prepared to appeal the decision.
According to Reuters, Snipes had already lost his appeal of the prison sentence stemming from his 2008 conviction in Hodges’ Ocala, Florida, court on three counts of “willful failure to file tax returns” for 1999 through 2001.
Snipes was found not guilty of five other counts in the high-profile felony tax case.
In seeking a new trial, Meachum had argued that jurors in the original trial were biased and that the prosecution’s star witness had his own criminal problems.
At his sentencing, prosecutors said Snipes, a resident of Windermere, Florida, had earned more than $38 million since 1999 but had filed no tax returns or paid any taxes through October 2006.