Wesley Snipes' 3-year prison sentence for tax evasion is upheld
Wesley Snipes' three-year prison sentence for failing to file tax returns -- resulting in an unpaid tax bill of around $17 million -- was "well within" the "considerable discretion" of a U.S. District Court, a federal appeals court has decided. Which means the sentence stands.
Though found not guilty on federal tax fraud and conspiracy charges, Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts in 2008 in Ocala, Fla., for failing to file tax returns. Thirty-six months was the maximum sentence possible.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Wesley Snipes, photographed in Santa Monica in February. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times
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