Wesley Snipes Gets Three Years

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  1. Route 66

    Route 66 Well-Known Member

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    Wesley Snipes Receives Three-Year Jail Sentence on Tax Evasion Charges

    Thursday, April 24, 2008

    OCALA, Fla. — A federal judge has sentenced action star Wesley Snipes to the maximum three-year sentence on tax charges.

    Prosecutors had requested the maximum three-years, one year for each of Snipes' convictions of willfully failing to file a tax return.

    Snipes' attorneys had argued for a shorter sentence during the penalty phase, which lasted the until the early evening. A jury found him guilty in February of willfully failing to file taxes for three years, in which the government said he owed $2.7 million.

    But Snipes' attorneys said in court his tax liability was only $228,000. Even if U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges accepted their argument, sentencing enhancements put Snipes within range of the three-year prison term prosecutors wanted.

    Snipes was acquitted of three identical misdemeanors and two felony charges of tax fraud and conspiracy.

    The actor's attorneys said the government's sentencing guidelines aren't fair for tax convictions like his. They wanted him let off with no prison and no fine.

    Snipes' lawyers offered three dozen letters from family members, friends and even fellow actors Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington attesting to his good character. They argued he should get only probation, because all three convictions were misdemeanors and the actor had no previous criminal record.
  2. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Three years in the hole for Wesley Snipes.

    That's pretty steep.

    Somewhere, O.J. Simpson is snickering.
  3. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Wesley whipping out the checkbook in court and writing 3 checks totaling 5 million.

    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: = Prosecutor making 50k/ Judge making 100k/

    I am not a fan of Snipes w/ how he handled his taxes. Everyone has to pay, bottom line. For Snipes to hide his money like he did just screams I am a criminal.
  4. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    "dont they know only the little people have to pay taxes?"
    i forget the old ladies name but that came to my mind reading about this
  5. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    Wow, I like Snipes..that kinda sucks..
  6. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    I totally despise paying taxes and our govt's ability to steal from us at gun point. No way he deserves 3 years in the pen, murderers and rapists usually get less time in this country. Bullocks!! Pay a fine/extortion and be done with it, the cage should be reserved for the politicians and crooked judges...:mad::mad::mad:
  7. DallasFanSince86

    DallasFanSince86 Pessimism Sucks

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    That's why you don't mess with the IRS. You get sent to jail longer than most criminals.

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