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Snipes sentanced to 3 yrs


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Snipes sentenced to three years

 

 

Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes has received a three-year prison sentence for tax offences.

 

A federal judge handed down the maximum term requested by prosecutors - a year for each of Snipes's convictions of wilfully failing to file a tax return.

 

Snipes's lawyers had called for leniency, arguing that the offences were misdemeanours and that the star was of good character.

 

But prosecutors said an example should be set because of Snipes's fame.

 

In February, Snipes was found guilty of deliberately failing to file tax returns for 1999, 2000 and 2001, but was cleared of more serious fraud and conspiracy charges.

 

United States District Judge William Terrell Hodges said the action star had shown a "history of contempt over a period of time" for US tax laws.

 

"In my mind these are serious crimes, albeit misdemeanours", he said.

 

Before sentencing Snipes asked the court to show mercy, apologising for his behaviour by saying that he was "an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance".

 

He also offered three cheques amounting to $5m (£2.5m) as a gesture of good will.

 

Snipes is currently not in custody and it is not yet clear when he will have to surrender to the authorities.

 

In the meantime his lawyers have said they will appeal against the sentence.

 

The star of films such as "Blade 3" and "Demolition Man" had asked for probation instead of imprisonment.

 

Fellow actors Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington sent letters as character witnesses, as did family, friends and employees.

 

The actor's first role was in Goldie Hawn's 1986 American football comedy Wildcats, and he has also appeared in hit films such as White Men Can't Jump, and Passenger 57.

 

beeb

 

Cant feel any sympathy, isnt that what accountants are for?

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Before sentencing Snipes asked the court to show mercy, apologising for his behaviour by saying that he was "an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance".

 

 

 

thats worthy of the Death Penalty.

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true

 

i don't understand this bit "But prosecutors said an example should be set because of Snipes's fame."

his fame shouldn't really be factor in what punishment he receives

 

 

True but I'd be happy for them to make an exception in Pete Doherty's future court appearances.

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Before sentencing Snipes asked the court to show mercy, apologising for his behaviour by saying that he was "an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance".

thats worthy of the Death Penalty.

 

That statement alone should of been an extra 2 years tacked on.

 

GET DOWN :lol:

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No sympathy, we all have to pay our taxes ( well most ). To say he wasn't familiar with the system is a load of lying b****x, i'm sure he had some cheating scum accountant helping him dodge it. I say hats off to the judge and don't forget to buy some KY jelly for Mr big Wesley.

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