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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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61.

Reality Check    

Jesus. Michael Vick only got 18 months and he killed living creatures in an unmerciful and cruel manner.

Seems a little much to me.

2336 days ago
62.

Justme    

Get over it people. You HAVE to pay your taxes. White Black, yellow, etc. Its the law. Even stardom statis aint gonna help with this one. Next LETS GET O.J. he owes taxes too ya know....

2336 days ago
63.

navi    

Kashmir, let the system collapse. Good riddance. We have needed an overhaul of the tax system for decades. Greedy corporate giants cheat the tax system daily, and they are rewarded with bail-outs and investment money. No one serves jail time when it involves corporate greed.

America is too hard on individual people, and too lenient on these corporate monsters. And non-violent people do not need to be locked up - PERIOD. They need to either pay restitution, get counseling, or perform some kind of community service. No one benefits from putting people in jail for making mistakes that don't involve violence. We no longer have mercy or compassion toward anyone, not even children that make mistakes. It's absolutely disgusting.

2336 days ago
64.

juli    

Totally racist...and he was also made an example of. There are people out there that have committed major white collar crimes and they are still walking around free....not right.

2336 days ago
65.

eric    

This guy has been thumbing his nose to the IRS for a very long time and has had warnings before. He got this because of his cavalier attitude. I will miss his ads for the Total Gym, however.

2336 days ago
66.

restaurant management    

CHEATING IS CHEATING WITH THE IRS. US LITTLE FOLK PLAY FAIR- SO HE NEEDS TO FEEL IT TOO!

2336 days ago
67.

davey    

Hey! if you drop the soap in the shower.... leave it...

2336 days ago
68.

LUANNE    

DID WE FORFET ALL THE DIRTY AS SIN POLITICANS GETING AWAY WIITH PAYING TAXES NON STOP AND POCKETING MILLIONS HILLARY OMB BUSH CHGO DIRT BAGS REZO AND BLAGO ETC ETC ETC GIMM A BREAK

WHTA A FRONT TO CYA, BLATANT

2336 days ago
69.

LAME    

to ALL that think this sentence is affecting drug dealers and murderers are STOOPID!!

there are local jails, county jails, state jails.... that's usually where the above mentioned are housed.

then you have FEDERAL PRISIONS, those are for people who commit FEDERAL CRIMES. You taking notes?

2336 days ago
70.

Clinton    

He simply got what he deserves. I'd love to play the race card being Im not white, but thats the truth!

2336 days ago
71.

Anti-Society    

I want a FREE WESLEY t-shirt. F*** the IRS. The Fed is a private banking system, and it's time for all of us to support one another to create CHANGE.

2336 days ago
72.

CELEBS HAS NO COMMON SENSE OR DO THEY PAY IN FULL CASH    

IF HE HAD BRAINS TO PLAY IN A MOVIE ,WHY DIDN'T HE HAVE BRAINS TO PAY HIS TAXES .........

YOU CAN'T SIT THERE AND THINK , YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY TAXES IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.........

"CELEBS " PISS THERE MONEY AWAY LIKE WATER .......... THEY DON'T WANT TO PAY THERE

TAXES..................SO MANY RAPPERS PISS THERE MONEY AWAY ON NONSENSE B/S ........

GOLD CHAINS FOR $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS , WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY ...

UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS , THEY START CRYING .........."IM NOT GETTING TREATED RIGHT " , HERE COMES

AL SHARPTON , JESSE JACKSON TO HELP .......LOL ...............A BUNCH OF WHINE BABIES .........

2336 days ago
73.

frogs and gravel    

GOOD, it is about time a judge treated people like criminals instead
of celebrities. I do not have the difficult job of being a judge and I disagree
with many sentences, this one was about right. I doubt if he will go to a
maximum security jail (he probably shouldn't) and since he will be a target
in jail he will not have a cellmate

2336 days ago
74.

who cares    

#14
There are more white man in jail for Tax Evasion then any other race. Pete Rose, Milkin, Jim Bakker to name a few.
This is NOT Racist. He tried to get away without paying taxes like everone else which is against the Law. It simple. Dont do the crime if you cant do the time. Besides he will be out in just over a year anyway and Federal prison is not like state prison. He will do time in Club Fed

2336 days ago
75.

janet    

yes that's right put a guy in jail for stiffing the government and let another molester or killer out on parole so there's room. Take his stuff and let him have parole instead of prison.

2336 days ago
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