Wesley Snipes To Begin Three-Year Jail Sentence

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Los Angeles — Actor Wesley Snipes was informed Friday that it’s time for him to report for prison and get started on his 36-month federal sentence for tax-related misdemeanors.

“The time has come for the judgment to be enforced,” a Florida judge said in rejecting the actor’s request for a new trial, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes had had a fair trial, a fair review of his conviction and sentence, and a fair review of the current request.

Snipes was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts related to his failure to file tax returns, and handed the maximum sentence possible because of the dollar amounts involved (read the sentencing memo for the details). He’s been free on $1-million bail.

The “Blade” star was not in court Monday when his attorneys filed the motion for a new trial in light of the recent conviction of a key witness on unrelated charges.

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