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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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16.

MiMI    

oh c'mon....gimme a break!

2309 days ago
17.

Karen    

Oh yeah, #10, IT'S RACISTS!!! How many white celebs have been INCARCERATED for failure to pay taxes?

2309 days ago
18.

butthead    

ha ha

2309 days ago
19.

Cealygirl    

And that letter from Judge "Joe Brown" was so particularly moving, too....

2309 days ago
20.

barfy    

YES! This is no suprise. DUI's, possesion of drugs etc. can be punished with 6 hours in jail...
Tax Evasion is a whole nother ballgame....the gov. HAS to send him away for 3 yrs as other
non tax-payers are watching...PAY YOUR TAXES like the rest of us beeeetch.

2309 days ago
21.

Flash    

Let's Hang Him!

2309 days ago
22.

Sam    

If it had been suspended, they would've said he was sentenced to a suspended 3 yr term. He's probably going to do his time at a Federal camp facility which most of the don't even have perimeter fences. Visitors typically are allowed to spend most of the day so this isn't going to be like he's spending 23 hours a day behind bars considering it wasn't a violent crime he committed. He also won't serve the full term, but he's laughing all the way to the bank. He'll make a movie about his time in prison and make millions when he gets out.

2309 days ago
23.

Rose-Lee Gypsy    

You know who would never break the law?
Harvey Levin, he's a lawyer you know!
I love Harvey!
Kiss Kiss my ba-boosh-ka

2309 days ago
24.

Jennifer A    

Dont worry, I will be to the rescue, let me schedule 20 press conferences !

2309 days ago
25.

Swordsman    

Karen (#14)
Survivor 1 winner Richard Hatch says "hi" from his West Virginia prison cell.

2309 days ago
26.

@ndie    

WOT? NO WAY!

2309 days ago
27.

Julie-J.B.    

Paris Hilton gets 23 days and Wesley Snipes gets three years. If that's not racial inequity, I don't know what is. (Granted, they didn't commit the same crime, but whose offenses could have harmed or killed other people????)

2309 days ago
28.

@ndie    

NO WAY

2309 days ago
29.

H B Rider    

All I can say is Wesley, don't drop the soap or you'll find out what it is like having a Harvey Levin all over your backside! Just ask Max The Hottie at TMZ...he can tell ya'! I'm just sayin'!

2309 days ago
30.

Oppsishitedovertherainbowtofindthepotofgold    

ROFLMAO LMFAO *sitting here with pop corn in hand* justice at last ,justice at last.
let the church say YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

2309 days ago
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