Just in: Snipes sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Tax evasion, Not Filing Tax returns
OCALA – Actor Wesley Snipes was sentenced shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday to the maximum term of three years in federal prison on three misdemeanor convictions of failure to file his income taxes.
Snipes was also sentenced to one year of supervised release. He was not taken into custody immediately. Instead, the Bureau of Prisons or the U.S. Marshal’s Service will notify him when and where to report.
His lawyer requested a facility not too far from his family’s home in New Jersey, and the judge said he would recommend that.
After a day-long hearing, U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges talked of the importance of deterrence in tax cases and noted that, despite Snipes’ apology in court, he had a years-long record of defying the tax laws.
No fine was imposed. The judge left that to the civil process.