In 2008, Wesley Snipes, 48, was found guilty on charges of federal tax evasion. Since being handed down a 3-year prison sentence, he has been on a 2-year hiatus while filming movies overseas; but this all changed when a federal warrant was issued for the actor. Talk about pushing the envelop; because the judge persiding over the case simply had enough of Snipes’ attempts to dodge his sentence. Snipes requested a new trial but was denied and ordered to surrender immediately to the courts, so that he can begin to serve his 3-year prison senetence.
“The defendant Snipes had a fair trial,” U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges wrote in his 17-page ruling. “He has had a full, fair and thorough review of his conviction and sentence by the Court of Appeal; and he has had a full, fair and thorough review of his present claims, during all of which he has remained at liberty. “The time has come for the judgment to be enforced.”
—- US District Judge Hodges
The sentence was originally handed down in 2008, when Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file federal tax returns, which in terms of well-paid actor status, that amounts to roughly $7 million.
There’s no word yet on where or when he will be turning himself in.
But, let us be honest for a moment and predict just how long Snipes will actually serve
- Robert Downey Jr.: Probation related to Drug Charges: Sentenced 180 days [December 1997]………..Served 180 days
Martha Stewart: Convicted of 4-felony charges on March 2004: conspiracy to obstruct justice, make false statements, and commit perjury; false statements (2 counts); obstruction of justice. Result of investigation into her sale of ImClone stock. Released from federal prison March 2005. Less than 1 yr served and 6 – months on house arrest until August 2005.
Lindsay Lohan: Sentences to 90 days for violating probation on previous DUI and related convictions. The actress is expected to serve no more than 23 days.
Paris Hilton: Part of the deal was that her original sentence of 45 days, which had been reduced to 23 days if she showed good behavior behind bars, would be restored to the full length. Although she reported to the jail just before midnight Sunday and departed in the early hours of Thursday, she was given credit for five days, he said. Hilton was arrested on charges of drunken driving in September. In January, she pleaded no contest to a charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. She was sentenced to three years’ probation and had her license suspended. In February, she was caught driving on a suspended license, which later was ruled a probation violation.