Wesley Snipes To Start Prison Sentence Today

Wesley Snipes To Start Prison Sentence Today

Today at noon Wesley Snipes is supposed to start his three-year sentence for misdemeanor tax-related charges at a Pennsylvania prison.

Published December 9, 2010

Today at noon Wesley Snipes is supposed to start his three-year sentence for misdemeanor tax-related charges at a Pennsylvania prison. Tuesday night, Snipes appeared on Larry King Live explaining that he always paid his taxes but due to bad accountants he missed filing dates -- or something to that effect. I will admit, it was hard to understand what Snipes was going to prison for. Larry King himself sounded confused.

One of the jurors in the Snipes trial released a statement saying, "There was one juror that had said they knew Mr. Snipes was guilty right when they first saw him during the jury selection." Also, there was a "compromise" to charge Snipes with misdemeanor charges because they never thought he would go to jail.

Judge Joe Brown was also a guest, saying he found it odd that Snipes was receiving such a harsh punishment for three misdemeanors. Brown also cited a case of a billionaire: "He paid $54 million in back taxes, brought all of his money back from out of the country and was given probation, for six months." Therefore, why is Snipes getting prison time for what Judge Joe Brown claims the total liability proved at trial was $240,000?  The media has reported $7 million.

In addition, Forbes reported Wesley Snipes, 48, is a member of an anti-tax group and he is being used as an example. Snipes has denied all claims.

It's a complicated case.  If  Snipes will start his prison sentence today,  hopefully it's not because he is being singled out.

UPDATE : Wesley Snipes did report to McKean Federal Correctional Institution today in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania.  He was processed "without incident."

Check out the clip below from CNN.com.

Written by Clay Cane

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