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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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121.

baejae    

willie nelson did not do 3 yrs in jail

2371 days ago
122.

Danielle    

While I don't agree that this is racist, violent offenders get off easier than a tax evader! It's ridiculous ...no fine, but prison time instead. Instead of using MORE tax money to put this guy up in prison for three years, why not may him pay huge fines, and no prison time. More room for violent offenders too....

2371 days ago
123.

Liz    

Anti Society ~ You know precious, if you don't like the way things are in the USA, then you can always leave! No one is keeping you here.

Let's see how much you hate the government when it is time for you to get that social security check in the mail!!!! Or do you alredy get one?!?

As for Wesley, he got exactly what he deserves...........the color of his skin doesn't have a damn thing to do with it! Leona Helmsley had plenty of money to pay to get herself off but, she went to prison!!

There are two things that ALL of us can be sure of: We will die and We HAVE to pay taxes. Period!!

The IRS doesn't play games.

2371 days ago
124.

JENNIFER ANNISTON LITE    

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. APEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GOD BLESS AMERICA NO!!!! GOD DAMN AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RUN WESLEY RUN TO A NON EXTRADICTION TREATY COUNTRY.

GOD DAMN AMERICA. YEAH THAT'S RIGHT I SAID IT!

2371 days ago
125.

Justme    

Watch your back O.J. your next. Its the law and he had a couple of other chances to do good, he took his stardom to levels and thought he was untouchable. Tell the who story Harv, he had two other guys in on this too and their sentences will be harsher, more like 10 yrs or better. PEOPLE, OF ALL COLORS, PAY THE GOV MAN.

2371 days ago
126.

Once a rethuglican , ALWAYS a rethuglican    

Racist ?

Willie Nelson
Richard Hatch
Leona Helmsley

All served or are serving time for the same thing Mr. Snipes is guilty of ...

Last time I checked , they all seemed quite white to me ...

2371 days ago
127.

:(    

How the hell did O.J. get off, and Snipes gets 3 years???? That's an effed up judicial system! Damn, I better file my taxes!

2371 days ago
128.

Jonathan Porterfield    

It looks like the role Too Wong Fu may have prepared him for what's in store. Watch out Girls! Wesley on the block know. Oops I dropped the soooooap!!!!!!!

2371 days ago
129.

LOVE CHILD    

This is NOT RACIST! Why? Ever time a freaking black person -- who don’t even date or acknowledge being black-- gets in hot water. Always cries this - “I am black crap!” PAY YOUR FREAKING TAXES "BLACK MAN!"

2371 days ago
130.

Stacy    

Good. We ALL need to pay taxes -- EVEN celebrities. What nerve...

2371 days ago
131.

bhop    

the government should got to prison for the cheap rebate checks their giving out

2371 days ago
132.

kwametshirts.com    

they let willie nelson make a album to pay his back taxes

2371 days ago
133.

scarlett    

This is all of his own doing, and he deserves to serve his punishment. His argument of claiming ignorance is pure crap!
Enjoy yourself, Wesley.

2371 days ago
134.

honesty    

The judge in his statements said he was going to make an example out of Snipes because the "MEDIA' called it a victory when he was only convicted on the three misdemeanor charges, and was cleared of all the felony charges. I hate it when stars get away with stuff because of who they are, and I hate it when they get more time because of who they are. It is not justice for all, it is justice of what the judge feels like doing that day. Yes he should pay the taxes and the fine, maybe a bit in jail, but that judgement is too harsh. I have seen people commit manslaughter and get a whole lot less.

2371 days ago
135.

steve    

will probably do less than half of that, and at some country club type jail thats just for the rich and/or famous. no way they throw him into the jail that you and I would get. Private room with maid service and all the 5 star treatment, with even the guards calling him sir.

2371 days ago
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