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Wesley Gets Three Years!!!

4/24/2008 6:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wesley SnipesA judge has just sentenced Wesley Snipes to three years in prison for tax evasion. Forget black -- always bet on the U.S. government!

Snipes was not forced to surrender immediately. Instead, the judge ruled he could surrender at a later date, closer to his New Jersey home.

Nathan J. Hochman, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Tax Division, said, "Snipes' long prison sentence should send a loud and crystal clear message to all tax defiers that if they engage in similar tax defier conduct, they face joining him and his co-defendants ... as inmates in prison."

Snipes was convicted in February on three misdemeanor charges for not filing his taxes. The government claimed he owed $2.7 mil -- but Snipes' attorneys argued it was just $228,000. No fine was imposed, but the three-year sentence was the max he could have gotten.


Celebrity friends Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson wrote letters in his defense to appeal for leniency. Oh well ...

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226.

Linda    

I understand that he should have paid his taxes, but three years in jail may be a little extreme, considering there is a case right now where a child molester in our state is being given a suspended sentence and will not do one day in jail. Should he be punished yes, how about a hefty fine, community service, etc. That way they have room for the rapists, murders, and child molesters.

2279 days ago
227.

Kate    

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We all must pay our taxes... nobody enjoys it, but it supports the greatest nation on Earth... it may not be perfect, but it's what we have... the English pay MUCH HIGHER income taxes than Americans... Wesley, you do the crime - you do the time. NO SYMPATHY from this corner of the country!!


2279 days ago
228.

Dean    

People, this will be reversed on appeal. There is no law that says you have to pay income tax on what you make. Its a big scam, and its about to come to light, Look on the internet for: America, freedom to facism.

2279 days ago
229.

NYC4EVER    

Geez, does everything have to be about race??!! I'm black and see nothing racist about this. If your stupid enough not to pay your taxes then you deserve to go to jail...PERIOD.

2279 days ago
230.

NYC4EVER    

EGGO - I remember when he made that stupid and highly racist comment. What goes around comes around Wesley....have fun in jail :)

2279 days ago
231.

ME    

I hate that blacks *always* have to stick up for their own kind. You don't see whites doing that. Why did Denzel, etc. write letters to get him out? Where's the justice? You don't pay taxes you go to jail. Plain and simple!

2279 days ago
232.

LUPETTO    

TO ANSWER # 2 YOU ARE WRONG , HE JUST GOT 3 YEARS IN JAIL DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE?
AND # 10 AL CAPONE GOT 11 YEARS FOR TAX EVASION , AND MOST STARS BLACK OR WHITE PAY
THEIR TAXES.
DON'T FORGET OJ SLAUGHERED 2 WHITES AND WALKED BECAUSE OF A RACIST JURY.

2279 days ago
233.

just me    

I wonder why TMZ is not making hay out of the back taxes Britney owes? A couple days ago the California Franchise Tax Board filed a tax lien on one of Brit's companies for a tax debt on earnings dating back to 2004. TMZ is usually quick to seize every chance to bash Brit and I am surprised that they did not comment on that.

2279 days ago
234.

skeptical at best    

well that just goes to show you that you can mess around w/ a lot of stuff. just don't mess around w/ the IRS b/c they always win. i saw this one coming.. only for something involving taxes can you get three years on misdemeanor charges. i won't say it's racism. i will call it disproportionate. how many dui's does one have to rack up before you actually go to prison? and that's a shame.

2279 days ago
235.

hichchick    

And nicole brown was another white whore who deserved to die like the rest of the greedy white bitches and so do you

2279 days ago
236.

skeptical at best    

221. I hate that blacks *always* have to stick up for their own kind. You don't see whites doing that. Why did Denzel, etc. write letters to get him out? Where's the justice? You don't pay taxes you go to jail. Plain and simple!

Posted at 10:07AM on Apr 25th 2008 by ME

*clearly you missed the rest of the article stating that Woody Harrleson (he's WHITE) also wrote a letter on his behalf.*

2279 days ago
237.

LUPETTO    

#225 YOU ARE A RACIST AND VIOLENT.
YOU ARE GETTING REPORTED FOR THOSE COMMENTS .
YOU WENT TOO FAR.
WE NEED TO GET A RESTRAINING ORDER ON THIS SITE.

2279 days ago
238.

hichchick    

You all need to grow up racism is not cool on either side and to let one person get away with saying black women or white women are prone to violence is absurd. No one deserves to be beat the hell out of no matter what race they are. It is ignorance on both parts. Everyone should be reported on this board if anything. As amatter of fact tmz goes to far and needs to regulate.

2279 days ago
239.

hichchick    

To hell with Wesley Snipes retarded looking ass he needs to do the time like any guilty person would, For thise fools saying poor him what if it were you and they out you in the pen to do some time for the same crime while letting him off.

2279 days ago
240.

womanoffaithwomanodscience    

Perhaps he should have sought out Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling attny and those who repped Arthur Andersen.........

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