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Wesley Snipes' 3-year prison sentence for tax evasion is upheld

July 16, 2010 |  6:16 pm

Wesley-snipes 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.

The actor, famous for "Blade" and "White Men Can't Jump" but seen most recently in "Brooklyn's Finest," has been out on bail pending the decision of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Wesley Snipes, photographed in Santa Monica in February. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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