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Blade Star Wesley Snipes Ordered To Begin Prison Sentence

Blade’s vampire-hunting days are over — at least for the next three years.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that a Florida judge today rejected Wesley Snipes’ appeal for a new trial and ordered the 48-year-old actor to begin serving a three-year sentence for tax evasion. It’s unclear when or where he must surrender himself to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

The star of the Blade trilogy had been fighting his 2008 conviction on three misdemeanor charges of failing to file income tax returns from 1999 to 2005. At his 2008 sentencing it was revealed that Snipes, a Florida resident, had earned more than $38 million during that period yet had filed no tax returns and paid no taxes.

He also stood accused of conspiring with Eddie Ray Kahn of American Rights Litigators and Douglas Rosile to file false refund claims. Snipes was acquitted of the felonies, but found guilty on the lesser charges. Kahn was sentenced to 10 years and Rosile to 54 months.

In a 17-page order issued today, U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges wrote that Snipes had received a fair trial, and that “The time has come for the judgment to be enforced.”


  • Khiaao

    3 years, thats going to be rough

  • Ortiz

    Damn, poor Wesley. The moral of the story is: don’t mess with the IRS.


  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    The only thing that could defeat the vampire hunter was the blood sucking gov’t. :)

  • Juan Dotson

    probably tough to be away from family. Not gonna be a tough stint: he’s gonna be at medium/low security prison, all non-violent inmates. IRS did warn him he would be facing jail time if he continues to fail to file tax returns

  • Anonymous

    Why oh why? Darn, if I had made $38 million, I could have certain given the government their just share. I make a pittance of what Snipes earned in one year. I will be praying for them to let him out and I hope he will send me some money! smile
    I was feeling sorry for him, but after I read the money amounts, I do not anymore. I am struggling as a senior citizen who had their income cut by that sorry General Motors and no increase in social security.
    All of these sorry jokers need to pay their taxes and congress of the United States needs to pay for their health care and other emenities or immenities!! That would save this country scads of money!